Bundoran and Ballyshannon combine for Boxing Tournament

Bundoran and Ballyshannon combine for Boxing Tournament
Bundoran Boxing Club hold their annual tournament next Saturday night with a little help from their Ballyshannon neighbours.

Bundoran Boxing Club hold their annual tournament next Saturday night with a little help from their Ballyshannon neighbours.

The Great Northern Hotel will host the Fight Night which is being hosted jointly by Breesy Centre, Cashelard, Ballyshannon and the Bundoran Boxing Club.

It is a collaboration which is generating a lot of excitement ahead of the night. It is the big night of the year for the Bundoran Boxing Club and it is a night with a difference this year.

The Bundoran Club, formed five years ago, hold an annual tournament but it was predominantly for juveniles. This year, with the addition of those from Breesy Centre, there are some mouthwatering contests at adult level.

The Bundoran Boxing Club, since their formation, have continued to expand. Their facilities are top class but with increasing numbers, they will probably need more space according to coach, David McDonagh, who has been involved in boxing since the age of seven. It is now a seven day a week involvement, especially this year with the huge increase in the numbers of people who want to exercise.

“It is proving to be a big venture for both clubs, both the Boxing Club and the Breesy Centre,” said Michael McLoone, manager of the Breesy Centre. “In the winter months at the Breesy Centre we were always looking for something new to be involved with. As a joint venture in brings both communities together. The Boxing Club provides the knowledge of how to train, etc. and we supplied the boxers. It should be a good combination.

“It good to see Ballyshannon and Bundoran working together. There were days when that didn’t happen; you would have to go back to the St. Joseph’s era,” said Michael.

For David McDonagh, coach of the Bundoran Boxing Club, the night is one that he is really looking forward to. “It will be the biggest fight night we have ever held. We have the young and older fighters and hopefully we will have a bigger crowd too,” said David.

The Bundoran Club is catering for members from six years old to over 60 and they have an very successful Operation Transformation.

From now until Saturday night and the opening bouts, no stone will be left unturned. David McDonagh is expecting some explosive bouts and feels there could even be a k.o. When pushed who might produce the knock-out, he tipped big hitting David Hoey and Gerard Patton to be a big hitting contest with Hoey getting the nudge.

Every effort has been made to get good matches to ensure an entertaining night for the attendance.

There are 12 contests on the agenda with the doors opening at 7.30 and the first bout at 8 p.m.

See Thursday’s Donegal Democrat for further coverage.