DUNGIVEN-based boxers, Paul “Dudey” McCloskey and Eamon O’Kane, will return to competitive action on the undercard of the high profile Carl Frampton v. Steve Molitor clash in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena next month.
To be screen ‘live’ on Sky Sports television, McCloskey, is aiming to get back on track after his defeat to DeMarcus Corley in May.
In fact, “Dudey” is the first to realise that a victory over the WBA ranked American, Manuel Perez, on September 22nd, would give his chances of another title shot a significant boost.
Perez, at 28-years-old, successfully defended his NABA light-welterweight title against Jose Miguel Cotto last month and he has twice tangled with WBA lightweight champion, Brandon Rios.
McCloskey, who is keen to put the DeMarcus Corkey defeat to the back of his mind, is part of what appears to be a high quality undercard of what will prove a huge night for boxing in Belfast.
Home town boy Frampton, is managed by Barry McGuigan, and he tops the bill in what is a mouth-watering clash against two-time World champion Steve Molitor.
The pair will do battle for the Commonwealth and IBF Inter Continental title.
First Pro Title
Meanwhile, making it a double attraction for Derry fans is the news that Eamon O’Kane has also been included on the bill.
The 30-year-old Co. Derry man will fight for his first professional title and he faces Craig Windsor Jr. for the Celtic middleweight belt on what’s been labelled the “Judgement Day” bill.
O’Kane, a Betfair Prizefighter and All-Ireland middleweight champion, extended his unbeaten professional record to 7-0 after claiming the 24th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight man, one night tournaments at the King’s Hall in Belfast back in May of this year and he will be gunning for further honours next month.
His opponent, Scotsman Windsor Jr.. is also aiming to win his first pro title but it will be at the third attempt for the 29-year-old who fought for the International Masters and British Masters titles last year.
Tickets will be on sale from the Eurosapr in Dungiven from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm tonight (Friday) or, alternatively, telephone Julie on 07745698372. these tickets will be sold at face value and with no booking fee.
Tickets are on sale from the Odyssey Arena box office on 028 9073 9074 and at www.odysseyarena.com – tickets are priced at £30, £40, £60 and £100.
Ringside VIPs tickets priced at £150 are exclusively available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com.