New fighter confirmed for Red Corner Promotions Summer show

A ninth Irish fighter has been confirmed for the Red Corner Promotions ‘For Honour & Pride’ bill at the National Stadium on Saturday June 24th.

Unbeaten Navan middleweight Chris Blaney [6(3)-0] this evening confirmed that he will fight in his seventh professional contest on the bill, one day shy of the anniversary of his pro debut.

Fresh from the best win of his career thus far, Blaney will head back into camp with a fight date pencilled into his calendar.

On Saturday, in a relatively short notice bout, ‘The Ginger Ninja’ made the step up to six rounds to outpoint (58:56) the game Christian Hoskin Gomez at the Leicester Arena.

For this fight, also a six rounder, Blaney will have a full eight week camp to prepare and will also be looking to hit the scales close to the middleweight limit.

It is the third successive Red Corner card which the Meath man will have appeared on, following stoppage wins in November and February.

It is hoped that Blaney will face a similarly tough, if not tougher, challenge to the one faced on Saturday in England.

One potential opponent could perhaps be Nigerian Oladimeji Akinde [3(0)-3(0)-2], whom the Ricky Hatton-trained boxer was scheduled to fight in February only for a late withdrawal to scupper this plan.

The card in two months time is topped by two Irish title clashes, with Luke Keeler and Darren Cruise going head-to-head for the middleweight belt while Paddy McDonagh and Stevie Collins contest the light heavyweight crown. Joining Blaney on the undercard are Thomas Finnegan, Ray Moylette, Craig O’Brien, debutant Victor Rabei and more still to be announced.

Tickets priced €40 (Gallery) and €60 (Ringside) are available from the boxers involved.

Joe O'Neill

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