Tuesday 18 December 2018

Titanic Cyclone to hit Belfast tonight

Tonight's the night when Carl Frampton hopes to repeat his European title win against Kiko Martinez, only this time it's the IBF World super bantamweight title that's at stake.

Frampton is the flagship talent at Cyclone Promotions, where Barry McGuigan has been guiding the careers to several exciting Irish prospects.

Tonight at the Titanic Centre in Belfast, three more of McGuigan's signings are hoping to make progress at the biggest boxing event on this island in modern times.

Jamie Conlan (12-0, 8 KOs) earned the WBO European super flyweight belt with a convincing stoppage of Benjamin Smoes. Tonight Conlan meets Mexico's Jose Estrella (14-5-1, 10 KOs) and this time it's the WBO Intercontinental belt that's on offer.

Ireland's Olympic flyweight bronze medalist Michael Conlan will be at ringside n urging on his brother Jamie to victory.

If Barry McGuigan can guide Jamie up the ladder of international titles, Michael, who's contemplating offers to turn pro, will surely be impressed.

Not signed directly to Cyclone, Eamon O'Kane (12-1, 4 KOs) contests the vacant IBF Intercontinental middleweight title against Lithuania's Virgilijus Stapulionis (23-3, 16 KOs). "I'm in the top ten in the world," says the Irish champion. "I want to fight for a world title."

Marc McCullough (10-1, 6 KOs) defends his WBO European featherweight title against Russia's former IBF world champion Dmitri Kirillov, who's been coached by Freddie Roach in the past.

McGuigan protegé Conrad Cummings (3-0, 2 KOs) and former IBWA Prospect of the Year Anthony Cacace are also fighting.

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