Tuesday 24 January 2017

Reports: Irish opponent of Portuguese fighter who died set for MMA return this weekend

Tom Rooney

Published 02/06/2016 | 13:47

Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho (on right) during his
bout with Charlie Ward. Photo: Dave Fogarty
Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho (on right) during his bout with Charlie Ward. Photo: Dave Fogarty

The Irish opponent of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho, who died following an MMA bout at the National Stadium in April, will fight for the first time since the tragedy this weekend in Wales.

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The death of 28-year-old Joao Carvalho sent shockwaves across the Irish sporting landscape and the world of mixed martial arts, as well as bringing about a public backlash against the sport.

On the night of his death, Carvalho was defeated via third round TKO of a welterweight contest by Charlie Ward, a member of Conor McGregor’s SBG team, at an EFC event.

Having been examined by attending doctors, Mr Carvalho fell ill soon after and was rushed to Beaumont Hospital. He would die from his injuries two days later on April 11.

Mr Ward has not been heard from in the interim, but is set to fight in Wales, where he will face Gareth Williams at the Adrenaline Fight Night show on Saturday night, according to combatgear.ie.

Since Mr Carvalho’s death, the government, SBG coach John Kavanagh and the Irish Sporting Council have opened a dialogue on how to best regulate the sport in Ireland

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