Abbeyleix and Ballinakill GAA players are getting ready for the fight of their lives this Saturday as they face off in a ‘Scrap Saturday’ for their White Collar Boxing fundraiser.
They’re swapping hurls for boxing gloves for this night that could reveal the men from the boys in the ring.
It’s all set to go down in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, with ten fights scheduled for the night.
Some high profile bouts are marked for the evening, with a bout being split into three rounds, lasting one minute each.
Family ties will be left outside of the ring, as Abbeyleix’s Oisin Carroll and Ballinakill man Podge Lawlor do battle. The two full backs both weigh-in at 85kgs, and could be set for the spar of the night.
Another cracking battle is sure to be between Laois hurlers Enda ‘Frank the Tank’ Rowland and Cha Dwyer.
Cha has a slight weight advantage over his opponent, but will Rowland be able to catch his fellow county man on the hop? This is definitely one to watch.
Secretary of Ballinakill GAA Mairead Fitzpatrick is eagerly anticipating Saturday night, where she laughed and said, ‘it’s all about to go down’.
“The clubs get on very well but it’s the pride of the parish that’s at stake.” Mairead said that the neutral venue is perfect to hold crowds, with roughly 500 tickets being sold over the past few weeks.
Other fights going down on the night are between Tim ‘Big Bang’ Bonham and Shane McEvoy, Alan ‘Conda’ Lynch and Cathal Maguire and there is the full list of head to head battles below.
Doors open at 7pm, with the first fight taking place at 8pm. Tickets cost €20, or if you’d prefer special ringside seats, these can be purchased for €30, which includes table service.
Here are the scheduled fights for the night in Castle Durrow:
Donagh Egan (62kg) v Darragh Gorman (70kg)
David Bonham (74kg) v Trevor Walsh (76kg)
Eoghan Fennelly (80kg) v Seamus Fitzpatrick (80kg)
Aaron Carroll (80kg) v Daniel Bergin (85kg)
Oisin Carroll (85kg) v Podge Lawlor (85kg)
Alan Lynch (86kg) v Cathal Maguire (94kg)
Joe Bergin (87kg) v Anthony Dermody (88kg)
Jake Cranny (87kg) v Eddie Dwyer (89kg)
Enda Rowland (83kg) v Cha Dwyer (94kg)
Tim Bonham (106kg) v Shane McEvoy (103kg)