Cracker contests expected at Olympic’s fight night

Olympic Boxing Club gets ready to rumble this Christmas with the club’s annual tournament featuring some of the best senior boxers in the country.

This tournament, held at Olympic’s clubhouse in Westside, will showcase current and future boxing stars in what promises to be a night to remember.

Headlining the night will be a cracker contest between Martin Barrett of Olympic and Chris Devanney, the current Irish champion from Sligo. Both have reputations as big hitters and are coming into top condition for next year’s senior titles.

Next up is another senior heavyweight contest between Olympic’s Michael McDonagh and Alan Reynolds of the famous boxing family from Sligo. McDonagh went close to appearing in a senior final at last year’s championship and is up against a vastly experienced opponent in Reynolds. Strength and youth are on McDonagh’s side and this will be an interesting bout.

Senior light heavyweight will feature Kieron Griffin of Connemara BC against James McKay of Sligo, both of whom will be vying for a senior title next year in the same division.

Two-times Irish Champion and high performance squad member Brian Brosnan of Olympic will face Irish champion Jimmy Sweeney of Sligo at middleweight, while at senior light middleweight current Irish u-21 champion Patrick J Ward of Olympic will face up to Michael Sweeney from Sligo.

The night will also feature a clash between Athenry’s Michael Ward, a three-times youth Irish champion and Jason Flynn of Leitrim, current Irish champion. Ward, who is a tough canny boxer, will provide stiff opposition for the Leitrim man, who recently claimed All-Ireland intermediate honours at the weight.

Meanwhile at light welterweight, Darren Burn of Furbo BC will represent Galway against Gearoid Ward of Sligo, while Kieron Forde, a three-times underage Irish champion from Monivea will face off to Pat Ward from Sligo. Chris Donovan of St Pat’s Tribes club in the city will also feature against the smooth James Mc Dowell of Leitrim at junior light heavyweight.

Dubbed ‘Fight Night’, the tournament will get under way at 5pm on Saturday with tickets €10. Tickets are available on the door, or telephone John 087-2255953.

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