THE County Derry Amateur Boxing Board will stage what’s expected to be a top class promotion in the Guildhall tonight (Friday), which will see an Irish International Select entertain a Scottish Select with no shortage of national champions from both countries on view.
And the international bill, which has been staged as part of Derry’s U.K. City of Culture celebrations, will feature top local talent from across the country and, indeed, it should be a memorable night at what has always been considered a top class venue for local boxing.
The promotion will feature Conor Coyle (St. Joseph’s A.B.C.) who is the current Ulster Elite champion and Michael Glendenning a defeated finalist at the Ulster Elites.
Oakleaf A.B.C. members and Irish underage champions, Brett Mc Ginty and Frances Stokes, will also be featured on the night and McGinty will be using his contest as the final preparation for the upcoming European Championships.
Local fans will be presented with an opportunity to see Dominic Bradley in action following his bronze medal performance in the World Amateur Championships.
Double Irish champion Liam Glennon from St. Joseph’s A.B.C. will also be in action alongside his brother Daithi.
Son of former Irish senior champion Roy Nash, Callum (Ring ABC) will also be making his debut for the Derry team.
The Irish team captain for the evening will be Kevin McIntyre, a big crowd favourite and he will face a tough Scottish opponen in Jason Easton.
St. Mary’s ABC member, Marc McLaughlin, just off the back of a successful season, will also be using his bout as preparation for upcoming Ulster Elite Championships, he will face Scotland’s Kevin Skey.
There’s no dought that tough opposition is expected from the Scottish squad with the attendance guaranteed a top class night of quality boxing.
The Guildhall doors will open at 7.00 p.m. and admission will be £10 (£5 concessionary), pay at door.
The event has been funded through the Big Lottery Culture For All and has been organised as part of the City of Culture Celebrations.
Fourteen Contests Down For Decision
The full bill is as follows - (not in running order, Irish boxers named first) - middleweight, Conor Coyle v. Eamon Tighe; light-welterweight, Kevin McIntyre v. Jason Easton; junior 36 kgs., Liam Glennon v. Robbie White; lightweight, Marc McLaughlin v. Kevin SSkey; bantamweight, Francis Stokes v. Lee McGregor; junior bantamweight, Piaras Casey v. Ben Grant; youth bantamweight, Sean McNamee v. Matty McHale; schoolboy 44 kgs., Callum Nash v. Tommy McAllum; lightweight, Chris McPeake v. David Dickson; middleweight, Jordan O’Neill v. Lewis Akilami; junior bantamweight, Daithi Glennon v. Joe Murray; light-welterweight, Brett McGinty v. Oran Shields; light-welterweight, Michael Glendenning v. Vincent Esler and schoolboy, 44 kgs., Dominic Bradley v. T.B.C.