Chris Blaney handed massive step up fight on Red Corner card

It has been confirmed tonight that Chris Blaney [6(3)-0] will take a massive step up in class in his fight at the end of the month.

The Navan middleweight will box on the Red Corner ‘For Honour and Pride’ card at the National Stadium on June 24th and will face a former Area champion with a habit of upsetting prospects.

One day short of a year on since his paid debut, Blaney will fight for the seventh time as a pro and is scheduled to take on Nicky Jenman [18(2)-9(5)-1] in a bout which is currently scheduled for six rounds.

The Brighton southpaw is a recent BBBoC Southern Area champion having won the belt against Nathan Graham last year. He would narrowly lose the title to Grant Dennis in November, but would bounce back in March with a stunningly dominant fifth round stoppage win over unbeaten hot prospect Tey Lynn Jones.

The Englishman would have a mixed start to his career but, since a second round loss to Tommy Langford back in 2014, Jenman has gone on a run of ten wins and one loss.

For Blaney, who made the step up to six rounds against the game Christian Hoskin Gomez in April, it is a major step up and a statement of intent.

It is a third successive appearance on a Red Corner card for ‘The Ginger Ninja.’

In his last Dublin fight, Blaney was hit with a number of unfortunate opponent withdrawals and eventually faced the poor challenge of extreme late replacement Adrian Parlogea.

Jenman promises to pose a much tougher challenge, and Red Corner chief Jonathan Graham noted how Blaney “deserved a step up after the last let down.”

Also on the card at the end of the month is Ray Moylette, Victor Rabei, Thomas Finnegan, Allan Phelan, and Irish title fights between Luke Keeler and Darren Cruise at middleweight and Paddy McDonagh and Stevie Collins Jr at light heavyweight.

Tickets for the June 24th show cost €40 (general) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved.

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Joe O'Neill

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