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Collins fighters in a double bill

Coach Paschal Collins will have boxers fighting in Dublin and London on February 15.

"I'll be at the National Stadium with Luke Keeler and Ian Tims," he confirms ahead of the Nowhere2Hyde spectacular.

"My brother Steve will be at the Copper Box Arena that night."

"Ian Tims has fully recovered from his arm injury," says Paschal.

"Technically, he's still Irish cruiserweight champion. He'll be fighting on February 15 and then, ideally, he'll square off against Stephen 'Block' Reynolds to decide the title. They have one win each in their amateur bouts. This could be a big fight for fans.

"Steve Collins Jr is expecting to make it four unbeaten in London next month," he adds. "His dad will handle corner duties in the Copper Box. Luke Keeler has a huge following in Dublin. He's 3-0 at present and has so much potential we've lined up a tough test for next month to bring him on."

With his experience of the American scene, Paschal has opened negotiations with some of his US contacts with a view to arranging bouts in the States for his clients.


The dire state of the Irish economy is just one of the obstacles Irish boxing promoters have to deal with at present. But having seen Dubliner Stephen Ormond successfully defend his WBO lightweight title twice, Box Nation promoter Frank Warren is planning on bringing big-time boxing back to Dublin with a televised show from the National Stadium in April.

While plans are sketchy at present, Ormond's performances undoubtedly have attracted a lot of positive attention.