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Boxing: O'Kane and Fitzgerald 'a real cracker'

Phil Sutcliffe's Crumlin Gym will have three fighters on a star-studded bill at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk on July 12.

The main feature will be an Irish middleweight title fight. It should be a sensational bout with Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald meeting Eamonn O'Kane.

When the pair met in last year's Prizefighter tournament in Belfast, O'Kane won the three blood-splattered rounds on split decision.

In his next fight, Fitzgerald took Andy Lee the distance but suffered a narrow 94-98 defeat.

"He definitely won five rounds," protests Sutcliffe.

"He pushed the fight all the way. Anto wants this Irish title. Both he and Eamonn have it all to gain so this fight should be a real cracker."



With boxing in Ireland proving to be too costly to televise, the Trojan work being done by the likes of Phil Sutcliffe to keep the professional show on the road is admirable.

"It's up to the boxing public to keep professional boxing going in this country," says the Crumlin man.

"Promoters can't afford to keep losing money putting on shows.

"It's essential for the public to get behind our Irish pro boxers to keep professional boxing alive."