Dunmanway boxers get ready to deliver knockout blow on Friday

May 13th, 2016 4:00 PM

By Kieran McCarthy

Boxing clever: Dunmanway BC's Rudi Gaffney contested a Munster final earlier this year.

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DUNMANWAY Boxing Club fancies its chances of landing a knockout blow this Friday (May 20th) night.

The newly-formed club is hosting its very first fight night this Friday in The Parkway, Dunmanway, as 15 of the club’s young boxers take to the ring in front of their home supporters.

Club President James Smith is delighted with the club’s success in its first year as talented local boxers have competed well in Cork, Munster and All-Ireland championships, with Sehb Kingerlee winning a Munster title and boxing in an All-Ireland final.

‘It’s been a very encouraging first year for us and Friday night is a fantastic opportunity for us to show people locally all the good work that goes on in the club,’ Smith said.

‘From the boxing side of it, the members train very hard in the club. Since March a lot of those have been training four days a week with various championships in mind, so this is a good chance for them to show their talents. 

‘It will also be a big event for the community because this is the first time that our club has hosted an event like this.’

Smith added: ‘This is a boxing tournament for some of the more novice boxers in the club and it’s a chance for them to get their first proper fight.’

This season, in the Cork County Championships, Arthur Wright and Marko Pejic were semi-finalists, Darren Fraser, Rudi Gaffney and Liam Edwards were finalists while Luke Maher and Soni Gaffney won county titles.

In the Munster championships, Liam Edwards (quarter-finalist), Luke Maher and Soni Gaffney (semi-finalists), Rudi Gaffney (finalist) and Sehb Kingerlee (champion) all represented Dunmanway Boxing Club. Sehb Kingerlee also advanced to an AllL-Ireland final.

George Goff, Michael McCarthy, Darren Fraser, Rudi Gaffney, Alan Kelly, Arthur Wright, Liam Edwards, Sean Murphy, Luke Maher, Dean O’Flynn, Jason O’Brien, Sonie Gaffney, Sehb Kingerlee, Luke O’Brien and Jack Smith, all of Dunmanway Boxing Club, will be in action this Friday night at The Parkway.

Adding extra status to the night, recently crowned national champion James Power (Fr Horgans) will headline the event. 

The doors open at 7.30pm on Friday night at The Parkway in Dunmanway with ticket prices as follows: adults €10, kids €5 and family ticket (two adults and two children) €25.

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