Irish newcomers FS Promotions make their first forray onto the scene next Saturday with the exciting ‘The Future’ show at the National Stadium. The show, ran in conjuction with Hatton Promotions, features 13 Irish prospects and will, hopefully, be the first of many.
Ahead of the show, FS Promotions chief Frank Stacey spoke to irish-boxing.com about next weekend and his plans for the future.
While promoters can often be seen as money-hungry, over-protective, or people who stand in the way of big fights Stacey claims he is a fan first and foremost and makes decisions as such.
With that in mind he was keen that all the punchers on his first show set for the National Stadium will have to face opponents that will test them and more importantly force entertainment for the paying public.
Granted and probably understandably so considering it’s their first show, there are no big name match ups and the list of opponents is a whose who of journey men.
Stacey, admits finance and the relative novice standing of most of the fighters on the June 25 bill means journey men had to be brought in, but he assures fight fans they forced the matchmaker to ensure those traveling to Ireland next week are coming to win and ask questions.
“First and foremost I am a fan. I want to see good fights,” Stacey told Irish-boxing.com.
“At this stage of some of the fighters on the shows careers there is a certain level of fighter they have to face. But in saying that we pushed for tests. There is no point in gimme wins. We knocked back a few opponents to get better ones in and we asked for opponents that will come trying to win. That works for the fighters and the fans. The fighters get tests and the fans get to see entertaining fights,” he continued.
“It’s our first show and it’s early days for this promotional set up, but we are confident June 25th will be an entertaining night.”
“We will have bigger plans going forward and as the fighters progress so will we, but this show won’t be full of opponents that will fall over and are just in the ring for a payday.”