Laois GAA Fight Night set to draw the crowds

The Laois senior footballers and hurlers will do battle this Saturday night, as the eagerly awaited ‘Fight Night’ fundraiser takes place in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise.

The Laois senior footballers and hurlers will do battle this Saturday night, as the eagerly awaited ‘Fight Night’ fundraiser takes place in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise.

Both panels have come together to help raise money for their respective training funds, and the response so far has been very positive as fans around the county actually look forward to some in-fighting in the county.

The pairings have been revealed, with a couple of mis-matches appearing to be on the cards, as Neil Foyle looks like he’s enjoy a reach advantage over Peter O’Leary, while Scott Conroy will hope he’s allowed to bring his hurl into the ring with him as he takes on Brendan Quigley, who has a six inch height advantage over the Ballyroan man.

Perhaps the most fearsome fighter on the night could well be Kevin Meaney, who is so fearsome nobody has agreed to fight him as of yet. (Un)Luckily for someone, there will be someone in the other corner by the time the event gets up and running this weekend.

Tickets for the night are selling for e20 and are available from panel members or can be purchased on the night.

Doors open at 7pm, with the first fight of the night scheduled for 8pm. There will be four fights on the undercard featuring local youngsters, before what could be one of the fights of the night, when the Australian Ladies Flyweight Champion steps into the ring.

Bianca Elmir, known as Bam Bam, for obvious reasons, is currently ranked third in the world, and will take on Irish champions Shauna O’Keeffe as she continues her preparations with Portlaoise boxing coach Pat Ryan, as he helps her to qualify for the Olympics.

There are ten fights scheduled between members of both panels, with the footballers, on the back of a couple of years of strength and conditioning training under Justin McNulty, the early favourites to take the overall honours.

Can they do it? Call in to The Heritage Hotel this weekend and find out for yourself.