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'I was on a hiding to nothing but it's for Kerry'

BRENDAN MCCARTHY

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:20

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WHILE the 'Kingdom Knockout' was a novel and funfilled event the serious side to the night's boxing was the fund-raising aspect of the occasion.

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To that end, the first-ever WhiteCollarBoxing.com show featuring sportsmen from Kerry was a success. An eager attendance, estimated to have been somewhere in the region of 400 to 500 people thronged the INEC, contributing significant funds towards the training of various inter-county teams.

As County Board Chairman Patrick O 'Sullivan remarked, in these current times of falling revenues calls for a little thinking outside of the box. "We'd never done anything like this before, it was a novelty for us, but hopefully now we can do it again and maybe get more of the footballers and the hurlers to commit to it," he said.

"I'd like to thank White-Collar-Boxing for putting this together for us. Also the INEC for hosting the event, the judges, the boxers and all of the people that made tonight possible," the chairman added.

One man who never let Kerry down on the playing field and once again stepped into the breach when most needed was the Glenflesk legend, Seamus Moynihan (pictured above).

'Pony', billed as ' The Pony Express' stepped into the ring to box Kerry and Ballyduff hurler Liam 'Buster' Boyle, and all for the sake of the current crop of intercounty players.

Afterwards he admitted that Saturday night was his first taste of the sport.

"This was my first time ever putting on a pair of boxing gloves and going into a ring. It was very enjoyable. A few times during the fight Liam was asking me if I was okay. I was on a hiding to nothing but it's for Kerry.

"The boys asked me if I'd do this and I had no hesitation, though just before I went into the ring I was saying, 'What the hell have I left myself in for here?' But I wore the jersey for 16 years and if I can help out in any way to raise funds for the training fund, I will," the legendary player added.

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