Owen O’Neill [3-0] is the first fighter to be confirmed on the Celtic Clash 10 undercard.
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.
Joe Fitzpatrick has also been confirmed on the card, but could still appear at the Ulster Hall on the same night, as rumours of a Gary Cully Irish title fight increase.
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That leaves O’Neill as the first confirmed undercard fighter and taking into account the Ulster Hall bill he now becomes the eleventh Irish fighter to have secured a February 1 fight date.
‘The Operator’ was one of a number of debutantes to catch the eye on the small hall circuit in 2019. He came to the scene armed with a loyal following and the atmosphere generated at his fights, as well as his have a go nature earned him new fans.
The tenth installment of a series, that has been vital for Irish domestic boxing in recent years, should play host to the host of the all Irish clashes it’s become famous for.
However, O’Neill may be given one or two more learning fights before he gets paired with a domestic rival.
Thus while he will expect a step up come February 1, he won’t expect to be put in with an Irish rival just yet.