The Limerick hurlers swap hurleys for boxing gloves on Saturday December 9
THE Limerick senior hurlers have confirmed the pairings for next Saturday’s Night of Boxing fund-raiser.
Members of John Kiely’s Limerick hurling panel will box in nine different bouts in the South Court Hotel to raise funds for their 2018 training fund.
The boxing line-up was confirmed this Sunday evening at the weigh-in at the South Court Hotel in Raheen.
The panel have under gone boxing training for the last six weeks in St Francis Boxing Club under coach Ken Moore.
Limerick named a 38-man panel last month for the new season but the 10 Na Piarsaigh players weren’t available for this boxing fund-raiser due to club commitments. Injury ruled out a number of others but 18 hurlers will go between the ropes in the South Court Hotel next Saturday evening, December 9.
The first fight is scheduled for 7.30 with U-21 All Ireland winners; Colin Ryan and Oisin O’Reilly opening proceedings.
Next up is Andrew La Touche Cosgrave against Darragh O’Donovan, followed by Sean Finn against Pat Ryan.
The fourth scheduled bout of three two minute rounds is between Barry Hennessy and Paul Browne.
All Ireland U-21 winning captain Tom Morrissey will then face Declan Hannon.
Bout six will be between two time All Ireland U-21 winners Barry Nash and Seamus Flanagan. U-21 Hurler of the Year Aaron Gillane is up next against David Reidy.
The penultimate fight of the night will see 2015 All Ireland U-21 winning captain Diarmaid Byrnes against this season’s centre back Kyle Hayes.
The final bout sees Fitzgibbon Cup winning team-mates Richie English and Cian Lynch in the ring.
Speaking at this Sunday weigh-in Limerick senior hurling manager John Kiely thanked all that have supported thus far.
“This event promises to be a great night of entertainment, the lads have worked really hard for the past six weeks on this fundraiser and now need your support,” said Kiely to Limerick GAA supporters.
He illustrated sponsorship opportunites and ticket sales were still open. He also thanked boxing coach Ken Moore and his team in St. Francis Boxing Club for their hard work and preparation for the event.
For tickets contact with any of the hurlers/boxers, call 061-335516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets must be pre-purchased for the December 9 boxing – costing €20 for adults and €10 for children. There is a €50 family ticket and ringside seats are €35. Tickets can be purchased on 061-335516.
The event is being organised by the Limerick senior hurling management and players in conjunction with Club Limerick. There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Sponsoring a fight costs €2000, sponsoring a hurler/boxer costs €500 and general advertising is €200.
RED TEAM: Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock), Andrew La Touce Cosgrave (Monaleen), Sean Finn (Bruff), Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Richie English (Doon).
BLUE TEAM: Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon), Paul Browne (Bruff), Declan Hannon (Adare), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell).