COALISLAND and Brackaville fight fans will unite on Friday night to cheer on local professional boxers Conrad Cummings and Feargal McCrory at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Conrad will headline the bill when he goes into battle with Alfredo Meli for the Celtic Middleweight title while it will be Feargal’s debut in the professional ranks.
The night is billed as ‘All On The Line’ as ‘Dynamite’ Cummings and Meli are both undefeated in their professional careers to date.
Managed by boxing legend Barry McGuigan and coached by his son Shane, he said, “It is fantastic to be headlining at the Waterfront Hall in a title fight”.
Hundreds of tickets have been snapped up across Tyrone with car and bus loads of supporters looking forward to making their way down the M1.
Feargal fights out of Breen’s gym in Belfast and is eagerly looking forward to his first pro-fight.
The 23-year-old told the TyroneHerald, “I can’t wait! To fight professionally has been my dream since I was 13 years of age. I have been looking forward to it since I was told three weeks ago. My opponent is from Hungary.”
An impressive amateur McCrory claimed four Irish amateur titles at various levels as well as European bronze and Nations gold as an international. He is enjoying the step-up to the professional game.
“The training is a lot more intense and it is full-time but I love it. Every single day I want to learn and I’m prepared to make the sacrifices. I’ve been working very hard and sparring with the likes of Marc McCullough who is the number four featherweight in the world.”
There has been phenomenal interest in the Coalisland area.
He added, “It is great for local fight fans and I had to order more tickets. I sold over 180 and I know Conrad has been inundated with ticket requests from across Tyrone.
“It is fantastic for Clonoe Boxing club where we went through our amateur careers together. It is a pity our coach Frank Gervin, who died last year, won’t be there but it is great for the likes of coach Jamsie O’Hagan and everyone else involved at Clonoe.”