When the eyes of the world turned to Kinshasa, Zaire in October 1974 they were treated to one of the most iconic boxing matches in the history of the sport, a fight dubbed “The Rumble in the Jungle”.
Now, in 2013, punters get to witness another of the great boxing bouts known as ‘The Rumble in The Ragg’ where Borris-Ileigh GAA and Drom & Inch GAA clubs will go head-to-head in a series of fights which will leave one parish with serious bragging rights for years to come.
While discussions had been ongoing over the winter with Don King Promotions about staging the event, it was felt that this promotion should be run by both clubs in conjunction with White Collar Boxing due to the intense rivalry between these close neighbours, a rivalry barely matched by Ali and Frazier.
The fight night shall be a fundraiser for both clubs and will take place in Donal Youngs The Ragg on Saturday night the 2nd of March with doors opening at 7.30pm.
Training has been ongoing for the past few weeks and the boxers on either side of the divide have being putting in an effort that would make Rocky Balboa look like your average darts player.
The highest of compliments must go to all those putting their body and pride on the line for the sake of their clubs. Without their effort we would have nothing.
What can be guaranteed is a fantastically entertaining night for all those who purchase a much sought after ticket where they will be treated to 14 different fights over the course of the night.
There shall be something for everyone from young fighters to the more seasoned campaigners and there shall also be two ladies fights which will surely give Katie Taylor a run for her money. The night shall be opened by the bout of John Joe Maher and Lorcan Looby, in which is sure to be a thrilling encounter between the two veterans. As the nights rolls on so will the fights with some thrilling showpieces either side of the interval.
The first half will close on the contest of David Collins and David “Doc” O’Connor.
The two former housemates shall have to put all friendship aside to try and give their side the advantage going into the break.
The 2nd half shall open with a the clash to decide who the better barman is as County Bar owner Liam Kennedy is pitted against his most prized and reliable barman-the southpaw Timmy O’Connell.
Sources close to this author claim that the deeds of the County Bar have been wagered on this encounter.
Whether or not the decorators shall be coming in on the 3rd of March with buckets of maroon paint for this Drom based watering hole in Thurles shall be decided by three feriocious rounds in the ring.
The card shall finish with the mouth watering tie of Martin Maher and “Blondie” John Kennedy.
These two shall surley give it their all especially if the overall score is to come down to this last fight-a fine ending to a wonderful night of boxing.
So as momentum builds to this event with encourage all those interested in attending to get their tickets early as they are selling fast and they shall not be available on the night-this is an all ticket affair and we look forward to seeing you on the night.