By David Boyle: For a long time know Irish boxing fan’s have had to endure endless boxing show’s featuring the best of what the wee Isle has to offer. While it is good for the boxers as well as the fan’s for our home grown talent to be fighting at home-for the most part the opposition has been mediocre.
What Irish fan’s really crave is the return to the days when Steve Collins fought Chris Eubank, and the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed fought on these shores.
However, lately the opponents of Irish fighters have been pretty poor, causing fight fan’s to leave show’s not satisfied and causing future shows to be a hard sell.
Thank god all this is about to change with a great show at the Odyssey Arena on September 10th. Paul “dudey” McCloskey tops the bill following his controversial loss to Amir Khan when he faces Khan’s conqueror Breidis Prescott (24-2-0). In this fight we are going to see something that has been missing in most bills around the country, a competitive fight. Not only do we have one competitive fight but we have another on the same bill.
Undefeated Belfast slugger Carl Frampton (10-6-0) will be fighting for the European super bantamweight Title against the big punching Kiko Martinez.
These two fights are guaranteed to make the Odyssey Arena a sell out come fight night. McCloskey against Prescott should be a cracker as two real gun slingers come head to head, Prescott being a real banger should be a dangerous opponent for McCloskey. However, we have seen Prescott well out boxed against Kevin Mitchell and McCloskey will be trying to do the same come September 10th. Since the Prescott win Kevin Mitchell has shown his true form recently against John Murray. McCloskey will need to be on top form for this fight.
Not only will McCloskey vs Prescott be of great interest to Irish boxing fans but boxing fans around the world.
But it’s the Frampton vs Martinez fight that will really hit home in Ireland. Since Martinez knocked out Bernard Dunne in similar fashion to that of Khan’s loss to Prescott, Martinez has been fighting mainly in Ireland and has been quite a hit with Irish boxing fan’s. For Carl Frampton to be fighting such a dangerous fighter for the European title in only his 11th fight it really is a step up in class and its great to be happening in Ireland.
Frampton can really to make a statement if he was to dispose of Martinez in good fashion. What is great here is Frampton is fighting top opponents early and is not being fed soft touches in the way Bernard Dunne was in the early part of his career. Even though Bernard was selling out arena’s all over Ireland he fought an array of fighters that only really wanted the pay day. Carl is going the same route quicker and more competitively than Dunne did and its really exciting.
This writer would like to thank Matchroom Sport for putting on such a great show on our soil and long may it continue.
August 8, 2011.