Galway fighters prepare for All Ireland title fights

Two fighters from the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club, Dara Mannion from Westside in Galway city and Jamie O'Sullivan from Clonberne, Co Galway, will take to the ring in Galway in the Clayton Hotel on Saturday night with high hopes of becoming All Ireland champions.

Dara Mannion, AKA The Westside Warrior, will take on Sean Rowe from the highly-regarded Top Pro Gym in Kilkenny over five two-minute rounds for the vacant IKF All Ireland super welterweight kickboxing crown at -69.5kg. Both men recently won eliminator bouts against different opponents by knockout in the run up to the title fight, and are now ready to do battle for the vacant belt.

Mannion's club mate Jamie O'Sullivan takes on James Kelly from Ultimate Kickboxing Gym in Claremorris, Co Mayo, for the vacant IKF light cruiserweight All Ireland title at -84.5kg. Both men, standing at six feet three and six feet four inches tall respectively, met before on two occasions and have a win each - each fighter. This time however, the fight is scheduled for five two-minute rounds with the coveted Irish Title Belt at stake.

In other action Shane Lawless from Athlone will lock horns with Dungarvan’s Ryan Griffin in the third title fight for the -57.72kg IKF All Ireland featherweight title and there will be 12 support fights featuring lots of upcoming talent from the Black Dragon Gym taking on opposition from all over Ireland.

Doors open at 6pm with the first fight scheduled to start at 6.30pm.Tickets are on sale now from any of the fighters on the card, the Black Dragon Gym or the Clayton Hotel Reception.Tel: 087 8119227 for more information.

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