International flavour to fight night event in Seagoe Hotel

Some of the organisers and fighters connected to this weekend's event in The Seagoe Hotel.
Some of the organisers and fighters connected to this weekend's event in The Seagoe Hotel.

Pride and prizes will be on the line at The Seagoe Hotel tomorrow (Saturday) for a special night of combat sports.

The packed programme includes kickboxing bouts to settle Gallic Nations and Northern Ireland titles as the showpiece attractions.

However, the White Collar Boxing bill is expected to generate widespread interest from sports fans in the area as representatives of various clubs and the business community will step into the ring.

Craigavon’s Tomas Harvey will be competing for kickboxing’s Gallic Nations light-middleweight belt against Romain Beranger from France.

Claire McCann from Maghery is working towards the women’s light-welterweight title, with France’s Manuella Kot providing the opposition. It will mark McCann’s final fight before her retirement to start a life in America.

Bleary’s Simon Grey - a current British champion - has a title defence of his Northern Ireland light-heavyweight crown on the schedule.

Portadown-based but Portugal-born Rui Oliveria will join fighters from Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

The Gilford area will be represented by Sean McAtamney, Paul Lavery and Darren Conlon. Portadown’s Simon Forde, Sam McAdam, Gary Nelson and Ian McCarthy are also set to step into the ring.

The White Collar Boxing includes representatives from Craigavon Cowboys (American football) and Knox Butchers.

“Everyone has been working extremely hard,” said Ashley McClean, one of the organisers. “The combination of kickboxing and boxing should provide plenty of entertainment.”

Thanks go to Enzo’s Gym, Portadown Boxing Academy, Club V02, Mike Jefferson, Ashley McClean and Davy Boyd.

Entry is £12 (£5 concession), with proceeds towards Down’s & Proud in Lurgan and doors open from 6.45.