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Collins Jr set for July bout

The cancellation of last night's Independence Day bill at York Hall in London means Steve Collins Jr's boxing debut will now be in Dundalk on July 12, when he meets 36-year old Ugandan cruiserweight Moses Matovu (4-28-3).

A rugby player with Leinster, Collins Jr, with no amateur experience, says, "I'm more than ready".

The Dubliner, 23, shrugs off the pressure of being compared to his former world champion father. "It just gives me more to fight for," he says.

His father Steve, who was hoping to get back in the ring himself against Roy Jones Jr, is delighted his son is embarking on a boxing career. "He's a terrific athlete," he says. "He's dedicated and tough. His style of boxing is right for the pros."

The bill at the Fairways is headed by the middleweight clash between Anthony Fitzgerald and Eamonn O'Kane.

Also on the bill will be Jamie Conlan, Hughie Fury and Phillip Sutcliffe Jr, as well as Paddy Murphy and Peter McDonagh's welterweight bout.


The IABA's excellent Boxing In The Community initiative marked its fourth successful year with a training session at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday when Tommy Ahern and a coaching team put teenagers from Omagh and Warrington through their paces.

Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes attended. The outreach programme is designed to support young people.