Dee Walsh has his sights on Irish title ahead of Holiday Inn showdown

Dee Walsh
Dee Walsh

Dee Walsh will look to take another step towards a shot at the Irish title on Saturday night as he takes on Jozsek Kormany for the vacant International Masters Bronze Light-middleweight title at the Holiday Inn in Belfast.

Belfast fighter Walsh knows that winning the eight rounder this evening will get him in the mix for the Irish title.

“I want the Irish title the most, I heard through the grapevine that Peter McDonagh is considering vacating (claims McDonagh denies).

“I also heard Willie Thompson is looking for a shot at it. I have nothing against McDonagh or Willie Thompson but if they are in the way of me getting what I want and getting me to the next level well then I’m just going to have to beat them.

“I would love to get that title shot on the Carl Frampton undercard on September 6. But first I have to get Saturday night over and done with.”

Alfredo Meli, Sean Turner, Anthony Fitzgerald, Casey Blair, Declan Geraghty and Kofi Yates will also feature.

Tickets on the door and first fight at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Barry McGuigan believes Carl Frampton will have too much for IBF World Champion Kiko Martinez when they meet in Belfast on September 6.

The Spaniard – who will defend his World title against Frampton – claims he was not prepared the last time he met the Belfast fighter.

Frampton stopped Martinez in February 2013 when he took Martinez’s European title and now the Spanish fighter says he will avenge that defeat this time around.

But Frampton’s manager McGuigan is convinced that Frampton has too much in his locker for the Spaniard.

“Martinez felt he had an off night when he fought Carl in February 2013, but we are going to prove on September 6 that he didn’t because he is going to have a nightmare against Carl again,” said McGuigan

“I think Martinez has improved, but Frampton has improved leaps and bounds. I think it is a fabulous fight and might even be better than the last one, but there will only be one winner.”

McGuigan also claims the upcoming World title fight will catapult his fighter towards superstar status.

“I think this kid can be a superstar and September 6 is the start of it. After that we are into mega fights.

“We want big fights in America and we want to bring big fights to Belfast.

“Frampton will be a sensation over there because of how he fights – aggressively but defensively.”