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Tongue firmly in cheek, Carlow’s Andy Murphy calls out Bernard Dunne for the Mayweather McGregor card

Carlow's Andy Murphy and, inset, Bernard Dunne

It seems like #feckiteveryonesatit.

Carlow native Andy ‘The Carlow Kid’ Murphy (1-1) is currently 3 weeks away from stepping into the cage at BAMMA 30 in Dublin’s 3 Arena. When he does so, he’ll face SBG prospect Dylan Logan (0-1) in a featherweight bout.

While some Irish eyes on are BAMMA at the beginning of next month, the eyes of the world are firmly on Las Vegas for this August as what is likely to be the biggest “money fight” in history was confirmed earlier this week in the meeting of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor.

With the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts colliding (in a straight boxing match, it must be said), it hasn’t stopped a wealth of MMA athletes looking for a spot on the undercard, which is being organised solely by Mayweather’s team.

Tongue firmly in cheek then on Friday morning, Murphy threw down the gauntlet to former WBA World bantamweight champion and now High Performance Director for the Irish Athletic Boxing Association, Bernard Dunne.

While it’s being billed as a bit of banter, Murphy’s not the only one to get in on the action as “everyone’s at it”.

Cleveland’s finest and current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic opened the floor to Anthony Joshua, Cris Cyborg is looking to have the womens’ division represented on the card with a bout against boxing champ Cecilia Braekhus. Cub Swanson tried his luck with Paul Malignaggi.

Banter aside, whoever ends up on the card could end up with combat sports biggest every pay per view audience with early predictions putting PPV buys in the four to five million mark for the 26 August bout.

If McGregor’s plan was indeed to “get in, get rich, get out”, then he’s got two of three elements in the bag. Now everyone else wants a slice of the action.

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