Boxing returns to the Hershey Centre on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and with a decidedly Irish theme.

In the 10-round main event, Hershey Centre favourite, Josh O’Reilly puts his undefeated record and International Boxing Association (IBA) title on the line when he goes up against Juan Daniel Bedolla Orozco of Mexico in a welterweight division bout.

The Irish-Canadian O’Reilly, 27, with a record of 10 wins and no losses, is a hard-punching Hamilton native who won the title in October when took out another Mexican, Oscar Arjona, in the second round. Two other Irish-Canadian fighters will also be featured.

This time O’Reilly takes a step up in calibre, taking on the tough Orozco (19-7-2), but he says he is ready to fight good competition.

“I’m ready for this,” he said via video. “I’m looking forward to showing my skills and entertaining the fans.”

Tyler Buxton of United Boxing Promotions, the presenter of the card, said another large crowd is expected at the Hershey Centre, which has become the focal point for boxing in Ontario. He said there are a lot of boxing fans in the Greater Toronto Area and they are not afraid to support the fight game.

The evening event will see seven other bouts, including the co-feature of heavyweights, Frankie Rill (14-2) of Oshawa against Argentinian Sebastian Ignacio Ceballos (34-9-2) in an eight-round bout. As well, heralded Sukhdeep Singh, a national champion from India, will make his professional debut against Alejandro Garcia (2-1) from Mexico in a four-round middleweight fight.

The first fight gets underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Hershey Centre box office.

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