Fight Night as Limerick hurlers go boxing

Jerome O'Connell

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Fight Night as Limerick hurlers go boxing

All Ireland U-21 hurling winning captain Tom Morrissey

THE Limerick senior hurlers go between the ropes this Saturday night for their Night of Boxing in the South Court Hotel.

This week 18 members of the Limerick senior hurling panel received their boxing record cards after passing full medicals at the end of their intensive boxing training.

St Francis Boxing Club coaches Ken Moore and Valerie Donovan put the panel through their paces and last Sunday at the official weigh-in the 18 hurlers turned boxers were divided into two teams and the pairings were confirmed.

There will be nine boxing bouts on Saturday, with the first duo in the ring at 7.30. Each fight will be three rounds of two minutes.

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, including a broken nose in boxing sparring, but 18 hurlers will go between the ropes in the South Court Hotel this Saturday evening, December 9.

The first fight sees 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. At the same time on Saturday night Gillane will be honoured in Cork’s Fota Island Resort Hotel as the Munster U-21 Hurler of the Year.

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 Mary Immaculate College Fitzgibbon Cup winning team-mates Richie English and Cian Lynch in the ring.

Speaking at Sunday’s weigh-in, Limerick senior hurling manager John Kiely thanked all that have helped support the fund-raising venture for their 2018 training fund.

“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.

Almost 500 tickets were pre-sold for the boxing event.

Tickets will be on sale on the door on Saturday – doors open at 6.30. Tickets cost €20 for adults and €10 for children. There is a €50 family ticket and ringside seats are €35. 

The event is being organised by the Limerick senior hurling management and players in conjunction with Club Limerick.

After much of the last two months boxing training in St Francis Boxing Club, the Limerick panel are back on the pitch to kick-start their pre-season preparations next Tuesday. 

RED TEAM: Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock), Andrew La Touche 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).