Belfast favourite Paddy Gallagher has a title showdown with Chris Jenkins at the city’s colossal Féile an Phobail card in Falls Park on August 3.
‘Pat-Man’ (16-5, 10 KOs) meets Wales’ Jenkins (21-3-2, 8 KOs) for the Commonwealth welterweight crown on the undercard of Michael Conlan vs. Diego Alberto Ruiz on BT Sport in association with Frank Warren and ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
After his career-boosting three-round stoppage of previously-unbeaten Liam Wells last time out, Gallagher is delighted to be part of a unique event in his home city.
Gallagher said: “Jenkins is a good fighter and he’s coming off the back of a smashing win. I’ve met him once and he’s crazy so I’m sure the press conference will entertain as well as the fight.
“The last fight did me so many favours – it was a good opponent, a good performance and a good win. It earned me this shot so that speaks volumes.
“The coverage of this fight will be unreal with both BT Sport and ESPN+ linking up. Féile is always a massive thing but this year, with the boxing show included and me being in a big fight, it’ll be even better than usual.”
Jenkins, who is looking to add the Commonwealth belt to the British title he won against Johnny Garton in March, is equally enthusiastic.
Jenkins said: “To be honest with you, it has come out of the blue, a bit like the fight against Johnny Garton did. Because I am always in reasonable shape and like to keep fit, I jumped at it.
“I have had a lot of downtime now, letting my British title win sink in and then getting out and meeting people. I am trying to get my face out there because I might not be the most popular boxer out there in terms of turning up at events and such because my life is gym, work and then home to family.
“I know Gallagher is a Commonwealth gold medallist who beat Callum Smith and he has also beaten another Welshman I know in Tony Dixon. He is coming off a good little win against Liam Wells so I know he is a strong fighter and a good fighter.”
Dennis McCann is ready to wow a new audience in Belfast
One of boxing’s brightest prospects Dennis McCann will showcase his wares on the #MTKFightNight at Féile an Phobail on August 3.
In his first two professional bouts – a vicious early knockout win and a schooling of a fighter with a winning record, ‘The Menace’ has shown different elements to his well-documented talent.
Now the 18-year-old, who is promoted by Frank Warren, gets a chance to shine on another huge stage; the undercard of Michael Conlan’s homecoming against dangerous Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz in Belfast’s Falls Park.
Ahead of a scheduled six-rounder, McCann said: “I’m hugely excited to be added to this bill. I’ve got some family over the water there and I’m looking forward to performing for them and all the fans in Belfast.
“I love the bright lights, the big nights and believe I’ve already shown I can entertain the crowds. My first fight was a quick-fire stoppage and in my second, I had him going to the point he was holding on for dear life.
“I hope on August 3, I can serve up another thrilling victory for everyone in the park and those tuning in around the world. I’m still a teenager but I’m building myself a name pretty quickly.”
Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “We welcome Dennis onto this historic bill and believe he’ll provide another treat for every single spectator.
“You only have to look at his first two professional victories to know that ‘The Menace’ has every gift a fighter can have. We believe he’s going places and it’s great he has this huge stage on which to showcase himself.”
Joining McCann and Conlan vs. Ruiz on a huge bill is Luke Keeler vs. Luis Arias, Alfredo Meli vs. Araik Marutjan, Paddy Gallagher vs. Chris Jenkins for the British & Commonwealth welterweight titles, Padraig McCrory vs. Steve Collins Jr for the Celtic super-middleweight title, Sean McComb vs. Renald Garrido, Olympic hero Paddy Barnes, Callum Bradley, Seanie Duffy and Dee Sullivan.