With up to 850 tickets sold to date for the Lord of the Rings round two which takes place in Letterkenny’s Silver Tassie next week, the 32 boxers who will step into the ring are counting down to their date with destiny.
On Monday night, the pounded punchbags and the streaming sweat at the Raphoe Boxing Club gymnasium underlined the gruelling training regimes the would-be combatants are putting in as Friday night week approaches as fast as an Ali right hook.
An accident on a bicycle this week has knocked out the ambitions of former boxing professional, Danny ‘Boy’ Ryan, from facing Jim ‘The Pink Panther’ Rock in a special exhibition bout as part of the big night.
“It’s unfortunate but that’s the way things go. Danny was looking forward to his return to the ring but it won’t be happening now,” said local organiser of the White Collar tournament, Boyd Robinson.
“Otherwise, things are going well. The boxers have been fantastic and the commitment they’ve shown is something else.”
Cathal O’Grady, who established the White Collar Boxing concept here, has also been taking a keen interest in proceedings.
Last year the event raised a massive 38,000 euro which was divided between Letterkenny Rugby Club and the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital. The same organisations will benefit from the funding raised this time out and tickets can be purchased from Charlie Robinson Estate Agents, Port Road, the Silver Tassie, Central Bar and Brewery Bar, all in Letterkenny.
SEE NEXT TUESDAY’S DONEGAL PEOPLE’S PRESS/DONEGAL DEMOCRAT ON HOW THE BOXERS ARE PREPARING FOR THE BIG FIGHT NIGHT.