By Jonny Stapleton
With Michael Conlan securing his place in the Olympics and older brother Jamie picking up the Irish Prospect of the Year award many are predicting a massive year for the fighting siblings.
There are two other Belfast brothers confident of making their fight game mark in 2012, however Mark and Ray Ginley.
The Emerald Promotions professionals fight together as paid fighters for the first time in the Emerald Road house this coming Saturday night and older brother Mark couldn’t be more excited.
“I think its brilliant we are fighting together. Its been a while since we boxed on the same night. When we boxed for Oliver Plunkett’s we often boxed along side each other. I can’t wait to do it again it will be a great start to 2012 for team Ginley,” Ginley told www.irish-boxing.com.
The older but smaller of the two brothers faces experienced Johnny Greaves on Saturday. The 23 year old lightweight would be expected to win against the prospect barometer, who has just three wins in over 70 fights, and claims he is ready to perform.
“Johnny is tough and been around the block and I am looking forward to putting on a great performance. I can’t wait to get in the ring I’ve been sharp in sparring and feel great. I can’t wait to put on a show in front of the Belfast crowd.”
‘The Situation’ is two fights into his paid career but will fight for the first time on an Emerald card this coming weekend.
Not only are the Irish fighters involved in Saturdays card all promoted by Emerald they also train together in McCullough’s gym- and Ginley believes he and his stable mates can benefit from what is a effectively a team effort.
“I am very excited about working with Emerald Promotions its a great set up. Myself Ray and Anto (Cacace) where all in the same amateur gym under patsy McAllister so we all know what its like to train together. Everyone in the gym is under Emerald Promotions and we all push each other during training. Success breeds success. The gym is tough, but good craic.”