Battle of South Armagh fight night coming to Canal Court Hotel

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Community, Sport

Mayor of Newry & Mourne Charlie Casey squares up to MP Conor Murphy to launch the Battle of South Armagh Villages. Committee Chairperson Gerry Smith undertook referee duties while other committee members were on hand in case things turned messy!

On Saturday 27th April the Canal Court Hotel, Newry will be getting ready to rumble as the newly trained White Collar Boxers from South Armagh take to the ring for their moment of glory. Over 30 men and women from various businesses across the South Armagh region will be swapping their suits for boxing gloves.

The occasion is the Battle of South Armagh Villages Fight Night in aid of the Camlough Community House.Over the next number of weeks the contenders will be involved in an intensive training programme with top trainers Tony Loughran and Martin McCusker.

Tony Loughran, a founder member of Camlough Amateur Boxing Club commented, “Unfortunately the financial and economic climate has meant we have a lot of stressed out men and women who are looking to relieve some of that stress in the gym. And on a mental and physical level there is no test like climbing into a boxing ring. White collar boxing gives professionals the opportunity to reap the benefits of this challenging sport regardless of experience level or age. After the required eight weeks participants will have increased fitness levels, mobility, flexibility and reaction times.”

This Boxing Extravaganza promises to be nothing short of explosive with members from all over South Armagh fighting to land the winning blow. To name a few competitors already in the hat, Everest hero Terence ‘Banjo’ Bannon, Andrew Gregory Bessbrook, Terry Smith and JP O’Boyle Camlough, Paddy Garvey Drumintee, Joe O’Brien Forkhill, Stephen Traynor Crossmaglen, Ryan Flynn Forkhill, Niall McKevitt Killeen, Kevin Mines Silverbridge, Raymond O’Rourke and Niall Fearon Belleek and Mark Flynn Corrinshego with many more promised.

Local MP Conor Murphy and Mayor of Newry & Mourne Charlie Casey were also on hand to launch the initiative. Conor said, “I commend anyone who is willing to get in the ring in public for such a good cause. I may throw my own hat in but I’m waiting until all potential opponents have declared their intentions before I make a final decision!”

Tickets for the night are £10 and can be purchased by contacting Gerry Smith Telephone 077 88715292. All monies raised will go directly to maintaining and upgrading the much needed services in the newly established Camlough IT Centre at the Camlough Community House. Join us on facebook for event updates.


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