There might be some consolation for Irish fight fans after the postponement of the Thomond Showdown.
There is no massive Limerick Stadium fight card to look forward to after Andy Lee’s WBO middleweight title defence has been moved to Manchester on October 10, but they may have two World title fights involving Irish fighters at the Manchester Arena.
WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan is already scheduled to defend his title on the date but has yet to confirm an opponent. With Lee and Saunders now added to that card, Stephen Ormond who had hoped to appear on the postponed September 19 Limerick undercard, is being muted as a possible first defence opponent for the Manchester world champ.
There have been suggestions Frank Warren, who looks after Flanagan and still has a contract with ‘The Rock’ will make that match up in a bid to maximise Irish fight fan potential and ensure a sell out crowd.
Flanagan and Ormond already fought in a World title eliminator only for the Clondalkin native to be disqualified for use of the head in the ninth round.
The champion already promised the DUbliner a rematch and Ormond would jump at the chance to challenge for a world title and put right his performance in Wolverhampton on Valentines Day.