Sweeney: I want an Irish title fight with Carmichael

MICHAEL Sweeney wants to fight Conal Carmichael for the Irish Cruiserweight title in Belfast this coming September.

Ian Tims will no doubt have something to say on the matter, as he believes should be deemed reigning champion, but ‘The Storm, who ‘The Tank’ Tims beat to claim the strap in March of 2011, claims the title is vacant and he wants to fight Belfast’s Carmichael for the right to be called Irish champion on the Carl Frampton v Kiko Martinez undercard.

The Mayo puncher, 31 hasn’t fought since he was retired in round three of a Celtic title clash with Stephen Simmons is eager to get back in the Cruiserweight mix and is confident he can make a successful return against Carmichael.

Recent Prizefighter contestant Carmichael fights this Friday night on the Waterfront Brawl show and considering that show is promoted by Cyclone Promotions he may well appear on the eagerly anticipated Frampton Martinez II card.

If he does indeed trade leather on the biggest show to come to Ireland since Steve Collins v Chris Eubank, Sweeney wants to be in the opposite corner.

“I hear the Irish title is vacant and free to be fought for. I would love nothing more than to be Irish champion and I think myself versus Carmichael is the obvious fight.

“A fight with Carmichael would be great for Irish boxing and generate interest in Belfast. It is a winnable fight for me and I am confident I would beat him and claim that belt. I haven’t boxed since the Simmon’s fight, but I have been in the gym and I am in good shape.”

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