Boxing

Cathy McAleer and Monaghan brothers Stephen and Aaron McKenna in action as Conor Quinn signs with Belfast manager Mark Dunlop

Cathy McAleer fights Hungarian Gabriella Mezei tonight. Picture Mark Marlow
Andy Watters

CATHY McAleer will feature in the first ever ‘drive through' boxing bill in Sheffield against Hungarian Gabriella Mezei tonight (live on Eurosport).

Unbeaten Belfast bantamweight McAleer (4-0) is managed by Kelly Maloney and has been out of action since February. She completed a training camp in her new base in Guilford with coach John Edwards, who has taken over from John Breen, and intends to make up for lost time against Mezei (10-24-5).

Meanwhile, Monaghan brothers Stephen and Aaron McKenna share the same bill for the first time in Redditch tonight on the undercard of Sam Eggington's clash with British rival Ashley Theophane (live on Channel 5).

Unbeaten super-lightweight 23-year-old Stephen (5-0 and all by KO) takes on journeyman MJ Hall (2-57-2) while Aaron (10-0) is up against durable Londoner Jordan Grannum (5-72-2). Stephen will be back in action a week later (another Mick Hennessy bill).

Aaron is two years' Stephen's junior but ‘The Silencer' has twice his experience and the Smithborough middleweight says he intends to “produce the fireworks” tonight.

“It was great news from Golden Boy Promotions that they have secured a slot for me,” said Aaron, who, like Stephen, trains with Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles.

“It's great to get a fight before the end of the year and I'm looking to put on a show for my fans here in the UK and Ireland.

“The stage is set for me and Stephen to fight on the same card and we intend to produce the fireworks. Thanks to Golden Boy Promotions for granting me this opportunity.”

Elsewhere, flyweight Conor Quinn has signed a three-year deal with Belfast fight manager Mark Dunlop.

The former Clonard ABC star, who won seven Irish titles in a glittering amateur career, has had two professional fights do date. ‘The Magnificent' was previously based in Brisbane and recorded stoppage wins in Australia and Bangkok, Thailand before returning home recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He signed a three-year deal with the Dunlop stable which includes world lightweight contender James Tennyson, EBU cruiserweight champion Tommy McCarthy, Paul Hyland Jnr and Eric Donovan.

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