All-Irish fight confirmed for Celtic Clash 2 card

An all-Irish fight has been confirmed for the big Dublin show at the end of the month.

Kilnamanagh lightweight Liam Gaynor makes his debut on the card and the Tallaght teen will be given something of a baptism of fire.

Gaynor will begin his pro career against 28 year old Belfast light welter Alec Bazza [0-24(3)-2] in a four round contest which immediately stands out.

The Belfast Spartan was in action last night on the BT Sport card in Leeds, losing a four-round points decision to Tom Young. Always game and hungry to secure his first win, Bazza will be given the opportunity to box at home for the first time in over a year and a half – and Gaynor will need to hit the ground running if he is to secure a debut victory.

Earlier in his career, Bazza was stopped in the fourth by Anto Upton and outpointed by James Fryers in Belfast derbies.

19 year old Gaynor comes into the bout with a reputation of being perfectly suited to the pros, and has been preparing under long-time coach Stephen Kavanagh alongside Sean Creagh – who also features on the bill in just under two weeks time.

The seventeen-fight card also includes Eric Donovan, Stephen Carroll, JJ McDonagh, Rohan Date, Jay Byrne, Gerard Whitehouse, Allan Phelan, Vladimir Belujsky, Carl McDonald, Lynn Harvey, as well as debutants John Joyce, Regan Buckley, Johnny Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, and Keane McMahon.

Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.

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Joe O'Neill

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