Tuesday 25 September 2018

The line-up for the first 'Last Man Standing' boxing tournament in Ireland has been announced

Former boxer Joe Egan poses for a portrait following a press conference to promote the upcoming Last Man Standing event at the National Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Former boxer Joe Egan poses for a portrait following a press conference to promote the upcoming Last Man Standing event at the National Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

The line-up for the first ‘Last Man Standing’ professional boxing tournament planned for the Republic of Ireland has been announced.

Scheduled for March 3 in the National Stadium, the featured boxers include 36-year-old Mayo middleweight Henry Coyle, who won a World Boxing Federation super welterweight title in 2012, but who has been idle since 2013.

Four-time Irish amateur Elite senior title holder Roy Sheahan from Athy is also in the line-up as are unbeaten professionals Chris Blaney (9-0), Bernard Roe (6-0), Padraig McRory (2-0), Sean McGlinchey (2-0), Thomas Finnegan (2-0) and Alredo Melo who has won 14 of his 15 professional fights – the other was a draw.

The tournament, co-promoted by Red Corner Promotions and Assassin Promotions will be run as a Prizefighter-style event with quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all on the same night. All fights will last for three rounds and the winners’ purse is €25,000 with an additional €5,000 for his amateur boxing club.

While the organisers had indicated that the event will be shown live on Irish terrestrial television they were unable to confirm which station will feature the tournament, though they promised an announcement within 48 hours.

There was no indication either as to who would sponsor the event, though it was stated that the organisers were in discussion with two bookmaking companies.

Now based in Chicago, Coyle is set to return to the ring for the first time since 2013 in Mexico next month while Roy Sheahan will also make his pro debut shortly in order to satisfy the requirements of the Boxing Union of Ireland.

The draw will take place a week before the tournament and apart from the prize money, the winner will become the mandatory challenge for Luke Keeler’s Irish middleweight title.

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