THE Kerry Crusaders are hoping for strictly fair boxing for the Rumble in Listowel 2 on Friday night as national broadcaster RTE comes to town to film the event.
The Rumble will be filmed as part of a RTE documentary following Mark ' Emerald Elvis' Leen around the county. The award- winning Elvis impersonator is the MC for the event promising to bring a very Vegas quality to proceedings in keeping with its epic nature.
With over 40 boxers taking part, and over 450 tickets already sold it is also promising to be one of the biggest events ever held in the Listowel Community Centre, organiser Gordon Flannery of the Kerry Crusaders said.
Rather than just an excuse for a night's fighting, Rumble in Listowel 2, like its massively successful predecessor, is set to raise money for charities working with children with special needs in the region.
"It's going to be a massive night we hope and we're very nearly ready," Gordon told The Kerryman. "RTE are down filming it as part of a documentary following MC Mark Leen around, we've sold 450 tickets already and we're hoping to have in the region of 600 in on the night so it's shaping up to be a big event!"
The amateur boxers - regular townspeople who bravely stepped up to the mark for the good of charity - have been in training with local boxing club Trojans over the past eight weeks so some decent skelping can be expected.
It's not likely they'll be fighting shy in any event. Already the boxers are taking on the more flamboyant aspects of the sport, with names like ' Mad Dog' Dalton, ' 999' McDonagh and 'Jawbreaker' Ryan flowing through the Listowel ether ahead of Friday.
"All money raised on the night after costs will go to children with special needs in Kerry. The Kerry Crusaders have already provided individual help to kids in Kerry and have worked with The Brothers of Charity Listowel, Scoil Réalta Na Maidine and The Nano Nagle school in providing much needed help," Gordon explained.
The event kicks off at 8.30pm sharp and people are advised to park up in the Square and walk down as the Community Centre car- park is likely to fill up very quickly.