2 April 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Dolphil Promotions are planning four more shows in Ireland this year, but are looking for sponsors and backers to help them keep the ailing professional domestic scene alive. Dolphil have grabbed a foothold in the Irish boxing promoting over the last 12 months, running cards headlined by Willie Casey and Anthony Fitzgerald and showcasing a growing stable that includes the likes of Paddy Ward, the McDonagh brothers and Christina McMahon.
The promoting new boys are now looking to build on the success that saw them put on the first world title fight in Ireland since the Bernard Dunne era. However, in what is proving a difficult time for all Irish sports in terms of finance, TV coverage and sponsorship boxing pessimists are predicting a fight card recession over the next few years.
Ironically, despite an increased hunger for fight menus and the fact Ireland is producing more quality pugilists than ever, some boxing Nostradamus equivalents are talking about a temporary end to professional home based boxing. Dolphil, though, are confident they have the stable that can prove Irish pro boxing is just on its sick bed and not dead. They are, however, honest enough to admit they need a financial shot in the arm to keep the impressive show on the road.
We are looking at keeping the ball rolling and are planning four shows this year, Phil Sutcliffe, who along with Bra Brady, Don OLeary and Daniel Halpin makes up the Dolphil quartet, told www.irish-boxing.com.
We are looking at getting Willie Casey on the comeback trail in May or June. We will give Willie and eight-rounder and work to get him into European title contention. We also hope to have Anthony Fitzgerald out on the same card before running more shows later in the year.
We will still run shows this year. Dolphil want to keep the professional Irish boxing scene going. We want to give Irish fighters a chance to fight in their own country in front of there home fans. If people look at the last show, the world title card, that was a great night of boxing and we sold the venue out. Lets have more of that.
We understand its difficult financial times, but with the help of a sponsor or backer we can keep Irish boxing going. We have the stars in this gym to do so.
Anyone interested in working with Dolphil can contact them at 0872804380 or 0879719193.