10 for CCX – more fighters added to Celtic Clash show

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It’s double figures in terms of the series and fights.

Boxing Ireland confirmed more Celtic Clash X participants over the weekend bringing the number of fights on the card to 10.

The popular series moves into double figures in Belfast on February 1 with a third consecutive bill in the Titanic City.

The latest edition will be headlined by Kildare’s Irish featherweight champion Eric Donovan who will take on Spaniard Cristian Montilla.

The likes of Owen O’Neill, Sennan Kelly and Aaron Gethins were all confirmed as participants last week and more names followed over the last few days.

Most eye catching is possibly the return of John Joyce. The Lucan solider returns to the ring after a stint away with the army and fights for the first time since he traded leather with Noel Murphy in Boston last March.

Kelvin McDonald returns after a brave risk didn’t reap reward in Celtic Clash 9. The Larne fighter took on recent Irish title challenger Stephen McAfee in just his third fight and was ultimately stopped by the Dubliner.

Conor Cooke appears on the card and will be looking to put the disappointment of seeing a fight with unbeaten Welsh fighter Nathan Thorley fall through by securing a fourth career win.

Conor Doherty gets busy and fights for second time in quick succession having waited two years to debut.

Pete Taylor trained fighters Sam Carroll and Tony McGlynn also appear. Carroll will be looking to build on the momentum he built up in 2019, while McGylnn will go in search for career win #2 having debuted on Celtic Clash.

Joe Fitzpatrick is also slated to fight on the card, but Irish-boxing.com believes he is likely to fight Gary Cully for the Irish lightweight title on the top of the #MTKFightNight that takes place on the same night at the Ulster Hall.

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]