And then there were seven!
A punch has yet to be thrown but there has already been a withdrawal from the announced Ireland’s Last Man Standing line-up.
Eight fighters were confirmed as participants in a Prizefighter-style middleweight tournament that has got Irish fight fans excited last week, but Irish-Boxing.com can reveal that one of the announced eight won’t be partaking.
Belfast’s Padraig McCrory [2(1)-0] won’t be fighting for the €25,000 winner’s cheque at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday March 3rd.
The Ray Ginley-trained super middleweight was deemed one of the favourites to win the tournament and played a massive part in fan excitement when Assassin and Red Corner’s confirmed the line up last Wednesday afternoon.
However, the fighter, who wasn’t at the press conference to confirm the eight for the TV card, won’t be involved.
McCrory’s withdrawal/decision not to take part denies fans of a potential Sean McGlinchey grudge match.
The pair with amateur previous may still fight down the line but the potential fireworks clash won’t play out on March 3rd.
McCrory did fill out the application form and was picked as a contestant by Kenneth Egan and Mickey Helliet.
However, the West Belfast boxer has got an early 2018 date to look forward to and will trade leather on the ‘Danger and the Devenish 3’ card on Saturday February 10th.
The Ginley Promotions bill is headlined by middleweight Conrad Cummings and also features Ger Healy, Sean Magee, Anto Upton, and Declan Geraghty.
For Ireland’s Last Man Standing, the seven remaining confirmed so far are:
Chris Blaney [9(3)-0] – Meath
Henry Coyle [19(12)-2(2)] – Mayo
Thomas Finnegan [2(0)-0] – Dublin
Sean McGlinchey [2(0)-0] – Derry
Alfredo Meli [14(3)-0-1] – Belfast
Bernard Roe [6(1)-0] – Dublin
Roy Sheahan [debutant] – Kildare
Two subs were being lined up just in case of injury on the night itself, but it is unsure as to who will come in and replace McCrory.
Dublin’s Thomas Finnegan can also be considered a substitute of sorts, having been announced in place of a last-minute unnamed withdrawal.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)