Galway boxing fans are in for a treat on Saturday evening when the city will host its first Irish title fight at a pro boxing event in Leisureland.
“The Fighting West” event will feature a super middleweight title between JJ “Stick” McDonagh and Tommy “The Tiger” Tolan in a 10-round contest on Saturday evening.
This is the first time a title fight has taken place in Galway and members of the public will get a bird’s eye view when the two boxers weigh-in on Friday June 17 in the Eyre Square shopping centre at 2pm.
Promoter Chris Rock has also confirmed that Olympic medalist and unbeaten pro Bobby George will now fight in a light-welterweight contest. George, who holds a 100 per cent knock-out record, has twice competed in the Olympics, and he will make his Irish debut in the city.
Having enjoyed a successful amateur career, including a world junior silver medal, two European silvers, two European gold medals and an Olympic bronze. On Saturday he faces a difficult task up against the tough Latvian Kirillovs who, boasting an impressive six knock-outs to his name, held Britain’s Bradley Evans to a draw in England.
George who has been out of action with injury, says he is looking forward to his Galway bout.
“I know the Irish people love their boxing and I am really excited to be back in the ring after my injury and look forward to do my best for the people.”
The card will also feature three unbeaten pros Alan Donnellan, Colm Keane and Paddy Mcdonagh and the debut of middle-weight Marty "The Cannon" Hannon.
Doors open at 5.30 pm and the first fight is at 6pm.Tickets are priced at €30 general, €40 ringside B and €50 ringside A with a €25 concession for u-16s. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Desk Shop St Galway (formerly Zhivago ) or on the ticket line by laser or credit card 091 50 99 60.