The bright lights of Las Vegas-the home of boxing-maybe a mere pipe dream for many of us.
Come Saturday night however, the Co Longford village of Newtownforbes looks set to throw up its own version of the popular sport with an eagerly awaited white collar boxing spectacle.
A total of nine bouts, including two female encounters have been lined up ahead of the Clonguish GAA fundraiser which takes place inside the club’s state of the art complex.
Trained under the watchful eye of former amateur star Gerry Rehill, a number of novice boxers from several clubs across Co Longford have also agreed to take part, adding spice to what promises to be an evening like no other.
A ring, borrowed from Lanesboro Boxing Club, has been installed with seating being available on three sides, allowing spectators the best possible view throughout. In an eye catching aside, local publicans and councillors have likewise agreed to take part in a unique challenge, all of which will take place during the interval.
And if that wasn’t enough, the club have managed to secure a fully licensed bar from 8:30pm to 1:30pm.
In addition, disco entertainment will be provided once all of the in-ring entertainment has come to a close in what is being billed as an event for all ages to come and savour.
With proceeds from the evening going to Clonguish GAA, club official James Clarke is hoping for a healthy turnout.
“The club hasn’t done anything like this before but the excitement around the white collar boxing event is building all the time,” he said, as he made reference to other successful fundraisers such as a dinner dance and barbeque that the club held last year.
Buoyed by the support of businesses and residents locally who have pledged their support to the occasion, Newtownforbes firm Nolan Motors have kindly agreed to act as main sponsors.
Tickets for the evening, obtainable from club members and local shops, are priced at just €10 with children costing €5.
And while it may still be a matter of days away, organisers are hoping the words, “Let’s get ready to rumble,” championed by legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer will be on everybody’s lips from around 8:30pm this Saturday evening.