NOEL MURPHY will meet Jay Byrne in a Cork versus Dublin 'Leeside Revolution' promotion at the Neptune Stadium on July 20.
Murphy’s manager Kevin Crowley confirmed last night that the Macroom southpaw will go head-to-head with Byrne over ten rounds with the vacant Irish welter title on the line in the main event of the evening.
Mel Christle, the President of the Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI), told the Echo recently that they were considering a number of opponents for Murphy and that Byrne featured prominently in the mix.
Byrne, who at 32 is eight years Murphy’s senior, impressed in Scotland earlier this month after claiming the Celtic super-welter belt on a majority decision over Stefan Sanderson.
The Dubliner has won nine of his 15 fights.
New York-based Murphy, who is back in Cork training under Tom Power, has won 13 of his 15 outings.
The July 20 card, which is promoted by Martin Horgan, will be the first pro boxing promotion in Cork in almost a decade.
"We’re expecting a good hard fight,” said Crowley.
“He won his last two fights. It could be close but obviously, we think Noel will beat him.
"It will be a hard one, Byrne is tough and he’s trying to fight for that Irish title for the last 18 months and no one else would fight him.
“Jay Byrne was first in line.
"It should be a good night, that’s what we’re expecting and Noel will be really up for this in front of his own supporters."
Meanwhile, 11 Cork boxers will be in action in the last eight of the National Boy 4 and Junior 1 & 2 Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium this Friday and Saturday.
Soni Gaffney (Bantry),John Keenan (Leeside Lough), Luka Nadrashvilli (Legacy), Dylan O’Brien (Leeside Lough),Dylan Bradley (Muskerry), William O’Reilly (Charleville), Tim Twohig (Riverstown),Robbie Zackozora (Muskerry),Jamie Lee (Douglas), Steven Cairns (Legacy) and Patrick Lawlor are between the ropes.