22 July 2010
Former World Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan confirmed today that he will promote his first professional boxing bill at the Ulster Hall on September 18.
Clones Cyclone McGuigan fought at the atmospheric Belfast venue 11 times on his road to claiming the WBA featherweight title against Eusebio Pedroza in June 1985 and now he hopes that protg Carl Frampton (6-0 3KO) and a host of other up and coming boxers can use the stunning venue as the perfect platform on the road to glory.
September 18ths card, which is headlined by Irish Boxings Prospect of the Year Frampton and also features Prize-fighter champion Willie Casey, is the first in a six event deal with leading broadcaster Setanta Sports.
Speaking about September 18ths bill Barry McGuigan said:
I have a lot of very special memories fighting in the Ulster Hall – particularly winning the British title against Vernon Penprase in 1983, defending it and the European title against Clyde Ruan in 1984. There is always a special atmosphere for boxing and since they have done it up it looks stunning as well.
We will be promoting six shows over the next year and all will be broadcast by Setanta Sports, providing a wonderful platform for the best young boxers to showcase their talents to a large audience.
The first bill will be headlined by Belfasts Carl Frampton who I believe has the tools to go all the way. He can box, he can fight and he is getting better and better with every outing. We would like to push him into championship class as soon as possible. I have seen him sparring with some of the best boxers in Europe and he looks very comfortable in that class.
The September 18th card also features Prize-fighter champion Willie Casey from Limerick, who is one of the most exciting fighters on the scene at the minute. Willie is on the verge of a major title shot. So it looks set to be a great night of boxing.
Stay tuned to irish-boxing.com for updates.