Martin Rogan famously said ‘Only Beyonce and Big Rogie can sell out the Odyssey Arena’.
Carl Frampton can now argue otherwise, but the fact ‘The Jackal’, ‘The Entertainer’ and Big Tommy McCarthy’s favourite singer might be only names worthy of selling out the 9000 seated arena hasn’t stopped Eddie Hearn from booking it for his Belfast return.
The Matchroom boss revealed his plans to bring British champion Ryan Burnett, who trades leather for the vacant WBC International International bantamweight title in Manchester on February 27, back to Belfast when he came to the City at the tail end of the Frampton versus Quigg press tour.
Hearn told Irish-boxing.com he might have to build the young talent before going to the venue Frampton has regularly packed out, but seems to have changed his mind.
Irish-boxing.com believes Matchroom have the venue booked for an April 30 show that will be full of Irish talent. Granted Matchroom might not get a sell out first time round, but it is a statement of intent from Hearn, Matchroom and even Sky Sports.
According to rumour the likes of Luke Keeler and Jono Carroll will populate the undercard while there is a chance all Irish middleweight clash between Spike O’Sullivan and Eamonn O’Kane will play chief support to Burnett. Tommy McCarthy’s British title eliminator with John Lewis Dickonson may also be on the card and Phil Sutcliffe Jr may also get a chance to show a live TV audience his knock out prowess.