Alfredo Meli faces JJ McDonagh for Irish title in London

Alfredo Meli
Alfredo Meli

Belfast’s Alfredo Meli will challenge for the Irish super-middleweight in the York Hall in London on May 29.

Former Immaculata fighter Meli will face JJ McDonagh for the title.

McDonagh will be defending his belt for the first time since he won it after beating Lee Murtagh in 2012.

Both Darren Cruise and Alan Donnellan had their sights set on the domestic strap, but Meli moves up from middleweight to challenge the 29 year old.

And Meli says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I have been looking for a title shot and thankfully I have one. This will be my 11th fight as a professional and to get the Irish title would be great.

“McDonagh is a tough fighter but I believe I will beat him at the York Hall. I have been training hard and will be ready for May 29.

“This is a great oppurtunity for me and I am determined to take it,” added Meli.

Meanwhile James DeGale is ready to create his own slice of history this weekend ahead of his bout with Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF super-middleweight crown in Boston.

“I’m obsessed with making history. It’s what drives me to work so hard in the gym and succeed in the ring.

“It’s been a 16-week camp, so it’s been a long time. My body and mind feel ready to fight, I am so sharp and in a very good place.”