Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Hatton Croke Park fight KO'd by Munster

Croke Park has shelved plans to host a Ricky Hatton world boxing title fight in May so that it can accommodate a potential Munster Heineken Cup semi-final.

Croke Park stadium officials were in ongoing talks with Hatton’s promoters and legal representatives about a world title fight in mid-May.

But Central Council’s clearance on Saturday last for a Munster semi-final, provided they overcome Ospreys in a home quarter-final, has altered plans. Work on the pitch was due to take place from mid-April and would have been completed in time for the Hatton fight on the weekend of May 16/17.

But the potential of an ERC semi-final, which could yet pit Munster and Leinster against each other, has ended talks with the Hatton camp.

“We’ve now decided to concentrate on the Munster game, provided they win their quarter-final, and schedule everything around that," said stadium director Peter McKenna.

"The work on the pitch will still go ahead, but we’ve now put it back until after the first weekend in May.

“We need about four weeks for what is planned and it will be ready in time for Dublin and Meath’s Leinster quarter-final on June 7.”

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