IT'S shaping up for another epic boxing contest as 46 amateur fighters prepare to enter the ring next month for Rumble in Listowel 2.
It follows the massive success of the first event which took place nearly two years ago and saw hundreds from all over north Kerry descend on the Arms as locals pucked the heads off each other in the ring.
It is all in aid of a great cause, of course, as organisers Kerry Crusaders prepare to raise yet more funding for local organisations working with children with special needs.
And nerves are already being tested ahead of the giant showdown on Friday, November 16, next in the Listowel Community Centre. Some of the boxers already lined up for the challenge are now training with Listowel boxing club Trojan as they put the finishing touches to their jabs and hooks and defences.
"I'm pretty nervous I have to say," brave Mary Toomey told The Kerryman. "I've never boxed before and it's pretty daunting but it's for a great cause and the training we're doing with Graham Ball of Trojan is absolutely fantastic!" That was the case, at least, until Mary went for her first sparring match in the FCA Hall.
"Last Friday was my first time getting in the ring and I just wanted to walk out after the first box to the head! But I stayed on and you kind of get used to the hits, I'm in it to win it!"
Fellow pugilist Jean Thomas had a very similar experience. "My first time in the ring was on Friday as well and I though 'oh my God'! My heart was thumping and it is really tiring but the training with Graham and with Gordon in the Kerry Crusaders has been fantastic. I'm nervous as well as I've never boxed before, only Taekwon Do when I was younger, so it is going to be a daunting experience, but I'm really looking forward to it!"
Meanwhile, the Kerry Crusaders are looking forward to achieving official charity status. In 2012 the organisation has distributed the following funds: Wheelchair purchase €960; computer equipment for Scoile Réalta na Maidne €998 and coffee morning for Kerry Parents €100.
Since 2009, the Crusaders have also raised €23,929 for the Nano Nagle; €2,716 for the Brothers of Charity. They have raised €28,603 altogether.