A huge night of boxing in Belfast is on the way as Paul McCloskey and Prizefighter Middleweights II take over the King’s Hall on May 5, live on Sky Sports.
McCloskey is looking to keep in World title contention following his brave victory over Breidis Prescott in September and will be gunning for a second World title shot later this year – but first he will face a stern test against two-time World Champion Julio Diaz.
The Mexican has held the IBF lightweight crown twice and challenged for the WBC and WBO versions, and the 32 year-old known as ‘The Kidd’ carries plenty of top level experience into his 46th clash on May 5.
The Kings Hall will host the 24th edition of Prizefighter on the same night as McCloskey’s showdown with Diaz as the Irish Middleweights get it on, with unbeaten Commonwealth gold winner ‘King Kane’ Eamonn O’Kane, EBA champ Anthony ‘Fitzer’ Fitzgerald, Mark ‘Kid Dynamite’ Heffron, Joe ‘Sugar’ Rea, and Darren Cruise the first names confirmed by show promoter Eddie Hearn.
“If you imagine the best atmosphere of any Prizefighter to date, then crank it off the dial, I still don't think you are close to what we are about to witness on May 5,” said Hearn. “Couple that with Paul McCloskey's faithful army of incredible fans and I believe this has the potential to go down in history as one of the great Irish fight nights.”
Hearn also revealed that ticket details will be released at a press conference in Belfast next week.