26 November 2009 – By Cormac Campbell
Professional boxing returns to Cork on Friday, December 4 when local favourite Gary Spike OSullivan goes head to head with Ciaran Healy at Neptune Stadium.
The bout, for the vacant Irish middleweight title, is viewed as a litmus test for Munster hope OSullivan, who goes into the bout with an unblemished 9-0 (6KO) record against battle hardened Belfastman, 10-12-1 (2KO).
Healy has been in against some notables in his 23 fight career including James DeGale, Paul Smith, Jamie Moore and Andy Lee and as such can offer an insight as to whether OSullivan is a genuine prospect.
The Paschal Collins promoted card also features some of the best up and coming Irish talent including Dubliner Eddie Hyland, Ian Timms and Michael Sweeney.
The bill also features two exciting amateur contests between Kian OBrien (Loughmahon BC) against Jeff Dolan (St Johns BC, Fermoy). The second amateur contest is a rematch from the Munster Finals between David Roche (Riverstown BC) and Dennis Murray from (Dungarvin BC in Waterford).
Former World middleweight and super-middleweight champion Steve Collins will on hand to present the Championship belt to the winner. Collins, a former Irish middleweight champion which he won by defeating Sam Storey in Boston in 1988, will also receive a belt. This is because at that time the Irish title was a trophy and not a belt.
Tickets, which are selling well, can be bought at; Mahers Sports Oliver Plunkett St Cork (0214271244), Kellehers Store, St Michaels Road, Mahon (0876134545), Nancy Spains Bar, Barrack St, Cork (0857888850) or email [email protected]