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Old 01-21-2010, 03:34 AM   #14911
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I was wondering the same as Sinky is in prizefighter. Has Egan even got Setanta on board it makes you think.
Sure weren't we all wondering. I had six blokes organized to go to that fight.



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Shawn fought in a professional contest in Cork around 85[ in his Ancestral home]. He was a Olympic medalist and Commonwealth Gold medalist for Canada.Shawn defeated N.Ireland boxer Tommy Corr in the 82 Commonwealth Games, a memorable toe to toe slugfest.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:33 AM   #14912
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thought I'd stick up a bit from last year's awards just as a taster. excuse the terrible music.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:36 PM   #14913
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His name might not be overly familiar to Irish sports fans but Peter Maher holds a unique place in Irish boxing history. The Galway man was the first ever Irish Heavyweight Champion winning the title in 1890 before going on to win the World Heavyweight title in 1895.

Now 120 years after being crowned Irelandís first heavyweight champ another Galway man wants to follow in Maherís footsteps with Coleman Barrett aiming to lift the Irish title when he takes on Colin Kenna on the Yanjing Fight night at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, February 13th.

Barrett a first cousin of Olympian Francis Barrett was also a highly decorated amateur winning a Bronze medal at the World Juniors in 2000 but by his own admission his professional career has been a slow burning one. After winning his first six paid outings Barrett took a 4 year sabbatical from the ring only returning last year.

ďI had a lot of family problems during that time; my sister passed away from cancer and my mind just wasnít on the job,Ē said Barrett. ďBoxing is a sport you canít do half heartedly. It has to be all or nothing and at that time my heart just wasnít in it. Eventually though I felt the hunger coming back and once I got back in the gym again I knew it was time to make a fresh start.Ē

After a couple of wins to shake off the inevitable ring rush Barrett found himself with an invite to the Prizefighter tournament, an 8 man elimination series taking place over one night and an event that has proved to be wildly popular with Sky Sports viewers.

Barrett turned out to be the surprise packet of a tournament that included names such as Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison and one time Mike Tyson conqueror and British Champ Danny Williams.

In his opening bout Barrett used his boxing ability to impressively outpoint former British Champion Scott Gammer. In his semi final Barrett saw off Carl Baker despite conceding over 5 stones in weight to set up a final showdown with Audley Harrison.

Barrett started the decider well and appeared to be on his way to scoring a massive upset and scooping the £32,000 top prize before the big Londoner found the punches to stop the Galway native.

ďI donít think too many people knew who I was going in to Prizefighter but I trained very hard for it and I gave it a good go,Ē said Barrett.

ďUnfortunately it wasnít to be and to get beaten in the final was very disappointing but overall it was great experience for me and Iíd Iíd love the opportunity to reverse that defeat and set the record straight with Audley. Heís fighting for the European title soon so who knows, maybe if he wins that heíll give me a shot at it.

ďIím not going to start shouting about winning this title or that title, Iíl go about my business in my own way but I know that I can go places. Iím still only 27 and thatís very young in the heavyweight division now days so I know that with the right fights Iíll be there or thereabouts over the next couple of years.Ē

First on the agenda though is next monthís Irish title clash with Kenna and Barrett says heís leaving no stone unturned as he steps up preparations for the bout. ďI donít know Colin and weíve never met before but I can guarantee you Iím looking forward to meeting him in the ring. Iíll watch plenty of his fights over the next few weeks and Iíll come up with a plan for him.

ďIíll be getting plenty of quality sparing for it. Iím hoping to spar the European Champion, Albert Sosnowski next week and Iíll also be sparring with some of the top British heavyweights like Michael Sprott and Derek Chisora so Iíll be 100% ready for Kenna.

ďTo win the Irish title will be a dream come true. It will be a nice one for the record books too when you consider that the first man to win it was a Galway man as well. If I can go on to achieve what he did I wonít have done too badly.Ē

The Boxing Union of Ireland have mandated that the winner of next monthís fight must make their first defence against Belfastís Martin Rogan and Barrett says thats a fight heíd relish. ďI think myself and Martin would be a great fight and Iíd love to defend against him. Iíve a lot of respect for what heís achieved in the last few years beating the likes of Audley Harrison, Matt Skelton and winning the Commonwealth title but I donít fear anyone so as they say in boxing, letís get it on!Ē

Naturally however Kenna believes he will be the man defending against Rogan and not Barrett. The Dubliner is a former Prizefighter contestant himself and previously held the British Southern Area title. A brother of former Irish soccer international Jeff Kenna the 33-year-old says that winning the Irish title would fulfil a career long ambition.

ďThis is a title Iíve wanted since the day Iíve tuned pro,Ē said Kenna. ďIím really fired up for this one and although Iím based in Southampton Iím a very proud Dubliner so it will be extra special getting to fight for it in my hometown. I know that if I win it there will be some big fights out there for me.Ē

The Yanjing Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on February 13th sees a record breaking 4 Irish titles up for grabs. The main event features the eagerly awaited Irish Lightweight title clash between the unbeaten Andy Murray and Oisin ďGael ForceĒ Fagan. Undefeated Dubliner Patrick Hyland defends his Irish Featherweight title against Mickey Coveney while Anthony Fitzgerald and Lee Murtagh contest the Irish Super Middleweight title.

Two non title fights on the bill will see featherweight prospect Willie Casey and new Belfast pro Jamie Conlan looking to extend their unbeaten records.

Tickets for the Yanjing Fight Night priced Ä30, Ä40, Ä50 and Ä60 are available from Ticketmaster (phone 0818 719 300 or visit ticketmaster.ie) and all usual outlets.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:03 PM   #14914
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where did you get that from nutter?
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #14915
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:14 PM   #14916
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I got one of these in my e-mail. Good to see Barrett on the card.
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:19 PM   #14917
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anyone record talking sport with Buncey on setanta today?
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #14918
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:38 PM   #14919
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Good stuff there SBW. A Chelsea jersey though?
I thought it was a Linfield one when I looked at the first couple of pics. Then it turns out to be a Chelsea one. Sort it out Carlos, bad form. We all support our local pugilists. You should support your local team!

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The 3rd pic looks like your man out of the Street Fighter arcade game throwing one of those flaming punches. And yes i have been drinking
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:44 PM   #14920
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Good stuff there SBW. A Chelsea jersey though?
I thought it was a Linfield one when I looked at the first couple of pics. Then it turns out to be a Chelsea one. Sort it out Carlos, bad form. We all support our local pugilists. You should support your local team!

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The 3rd pic looks like your man out of the Street Fighter arcade game throwing one of those flaming punches. Yes i have been drinking
to be fair he did confirm it was just a shirt and he does support his local team - Crusaders
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:46 PM   #14921
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Good stuff there SBW. A Chelsea jersey though?
I thought it was a Linfield one when I looked at the first couple of pics. Then it turns out to be a Chelsea one. Sort it out Carlos, bad form. We all support our local pugilists. You should support your local team!

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The 3rd pic looks like your man out of the Street Fighter arcade game throwing one of those flaming punches. And yes i have been drinking

have these pics been postedo n the fan club yeet bam bam???
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:09 PM   #14922
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No I'll put them up with SBW's permission?

Ah Crusaders not the worst team to follow. Red and black kit is always a good start. They should try qualifying for the Setanta Cup so they can come down to Dayler and get their arses kicked by the original red'n'black Big Club sometime though. It would be the one time I'd be guaranteed to give Carlos a good hiding.

Fair play for supporting the local lads though.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:20 PM   #14923
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No I'll put them up with SBW's permission?

Ah Crusaders not the worst team to follow. Red and black kit is always a good start. They should try qualifying for the Setanta Cup so they can come down to Dayler and get their arses kicked by the original red'n'black Big Club sometime though. It would be the one time I'd be guaranteed to give Carlos a good hiding.

Fair play for supporting the local lads though.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #14924
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Ah you can't be the LoI for real passion. Although, why anyone would support anyone aside from Bohs is beyond me

Are they your own pics SBW? Can I stick them up on the facebook page?
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:51 PM   #14925
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heard tonight hyland brothers pajo and eddie head out for some serious sparring eddies going to ukraine for a week of sparring with european champ oleg yefimovych and pajo,s heading over to scotland for a week of sparring with ricky burns looks like paddy snr is testing the waters for 2010
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