Finn Harps hope to punch out a profit of around €8,000 following their White Collar Fight Night in Ballybofey at the weekend.
Acknowleding all who took part, with or without gloves, club chairman, Joey O’Leary said they wouldn’t have a definite figure until the end of the week with ticket money still coming in.
“But it was a pretty successful night all round. We kept the prices down - you can’t really afford to overcharge in the current climate. Looking at it now, we hope to make a profit of about €8,000 from it,” said the chairman.
“We couldn’t have staged this without the help of the Twin Towns Boxing Club who put the boxers through some intense training over the past eight or weeks. We’re also very grateful to the sponsors and the Villa Rose Hotel and indeed to everyone who bought tickets and showed up on the night. And we can’t forget the boxers who put in some much effort.”
The Harps representative said it was likely they would stage the event again next year. “There’s been a lot of interest in it and I think we’ll go again,” said Joey who pulled on the gloves himself to take part in one of the fourteen bouts pencilled in on the fight card.
The full list of bouts from the ‘Thrilla in Da Villa’ included:
Fionnula ‘The Blade’ Duffy v. Katriona ‘Tiny Dancer’ McNamee (No cuts here but The Blade is declared the winner);
Pauric ‘Coalman’ McCrory v. Rodney ‘Curragh Boy’ Dullaghan (Tommy Dullaghan is watching his Curragh Boy from the ringside. Draw declared after a tight contest);
Shane ‘Dynamite’ Elliott v. Gerard ‘Lightning’ McGranaghan (‘Lightning’ strikes more than twice but ‘Dynamite’ also explodes into life in this exhibition bout);
Donal ‘The Bottler’ Kelly v. Brian ‘The Educator’ McCrea (‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ gets an airing during the rounds but nobody takes the lead. Another draw).
Fiona ‘Foxy’ Sorley v. Margaret ‘Monster’ Kennedy (‘Monster’ arrives into the arena with a skeleton crew but ‘Foxy’ makes no bones about her intent. Judges once again go for a draw);
Andrew ‘Running Man’ Scanlon v. Barney ‘Yes Geeerrrris’ McGuigan (What’s a boxing contest without a McGuigan in it. This one is declared the ‘fight of the night’ by the judges but when they declare it a draw, some boos go up in the crowd);
Kevin ‘Striker’ McHugh v. Ciaran ‘Baby Face’ Coll (Not so much ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’, more like ‘Let’s Get Ready to Tumble’ as the two Harps players come face to face (or as face to face as you can get wearing sumo attire). Both receive yellow cards from referee, Stephen ‘Curley’ Toner and while the judges fail to break the habit and opt for a draw, the outcome is put to the crowd and a slightly louder cheer gives the nod to ‘Baby Face’. Close Coll);
Damien ‘Hotstepper’ Bradley v. Darren ‘The Dazzler’ McNulty (A serious contender also for fight of the night with some fast and furious action through the three rounds, between two of which REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ is appropriately played. Former Harps ‘keeper, Damien stops a few but is finally declared outdazzled on points);
John ‘Razor’ Sweeney v. Brian ‘The Councillor’ Gallagher (More hard-hitting exchanges in this one but in the end ‘Razor’ proves the sharper on the judges’ score card);
Aisling ‘Boom Boom’ Gallagher v. Patricia ‘The Wonderful’ Dooley (Patricia is billed as T.B.C. in the programme but makes her presence known in the ring. Her son. Paul is scheduled for the final bout of the evening and with only a week’s training behind her, this is her first venture into a boxing ring. But ‘Boom Boom’ is sounded out as the winner after another decent contest);
Dean ‘Bone Crusher’ McDevitt v. Shane ‘Stretch’ McHugh (Shane’s another last minute entry after an injury withdrawal and there’s a hefty exchange of punches in this exhibition clash);
Seamus ‘Spud’ Sweeney v. Thomas ‘Bang Bang’ McBride (Another stirring bout and while ‘Bang Bang’ keeps it going, ‘Spud’ chips away at him and is deemed the victor);
‘Joey ‘The Lips’ O’Leary v. Mark ‘Hurricane’ Harvey (‘The Lips’ has, or have, already been moved into action, Harps chairman Joey having taken to the ring a few bouts previously to thank everyone for their participation and attendance. No time for talking now as he’s facing into a Hurricane. But the scorecard has him in front at the finish);
Paul ‘Twinkle Toes’ Dooley v. Joe ‘The Cobra’ McCullagh (the last exhibition bout of the evening pairs two experienced boxers though this is The Cobra’s first snake into a ring in eight years. He doesn’t look too rusty, however, and it turns out to be a good contest to end the night’s proceedings).
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