For weeks it has been the only talking point in Dungiven and, come this Saturday night, the North Derry town will be praying their hometown hero Paul McCloskey will deliver the biggest punch of his life.
The Dungiven southpaw is fighting Amir Khan for the World Title belt and thousands of fans from his native Dungiven will be watching his every move in Manchester’s MEN arena.
For those not making the trip, however, there is no shortage of venues showing the big fight on the night.
Sean McGlinchey from the Dudey Fest organising committee said every pub and club in the town will be showing the much talked about clash. One of the pubs, Murphy’s, has set up a boxing ring in the bar for some pre-fight entertainment, said Mr. McGlinchey.
“The town is full of buzz about the fight. It’s all people have been talking about,” he said, adding some of the pubs are bussing people in from others areas to watch the fight and soak up the atmosphere.
‘Journal’ readers will get a full round-up about the fight the next day with exclusive reports, reaction and interviews in the Sunday Journal from our sports reporter Simon Collins, who will be ringside in Manchester.
Journal County reporter, Sheena Jackson will be closer to home in Dungiven, where she will watch the fight at St. Canice’s GAA in Dungiven.
Meanwhile, Dudey Fest organisers have set the homecoming for Paul McCloskey for Monday April 18th at 6pm in the town.
“Hopefully, it will be an event the town has never seen before. We expect thousands of people to be here,” added Mr. McGlinchey.