Ir­ish eyes are smil­ing ahead of Conor’s ‘megafight’

The Weekend Post - - News - TOM VOLLING tom.volling@news.com.au

CAIRNS box­ing trainer Pa­trick Kelly reck­ons if any­one is go­ing to win one of the most an­tic­i­pated fights in sport­ing his­tory, it will be an Ir­ish­man.

The day that Far North sports fans have been sali­vat­ing over for the past few months is fi­nally here.

UFC fight­ing ma­chine Conor McGre­gor will step into the box­ing ring against US world cham­pion Floyd May­weather in front of 20,000 fans at an arena in Las Vegas to­mor­row.

“Floyd May­weather is the best boxer of our gen­er­a­tion so I un­der­stand the mir­a­cle task that is at hand,” Mr Kelly said. “But if any­one can do it, McGre­gor can do it.”

Mr Kelly, a pas­sion­ate Ir­ish­man, runs Beyond PT and trains at Fu­sion Fight and Fit­ness in Cairns.

The Kil­dare-born fighter moved to the Far North seven years ago for the life­style.

“McGre­gor has the work ethic and the pas­sion. We rally be­hind our sports stars – whether they are un­der­dogs or favourites – and it is no dif­fer­ent for this boy,” he said.

The fight will hap­pen to­mor­row by Far North watches and is broad­cast in 150 coun­tries on pay-per-view.

Cairns wa­ter­ing holes such as the Reef Casino, Jack Ho­tel and Broth­ers Leagues Club are shap­ing up to be prime spots for pun­ters to catch the ac­tion.

Mr Kelly said the match-up was “just crazy”.

“I am just let­ting blind pa­tri­o­tism lead me in this one,” he said.

“It is a bit like Canada try­ing to beat the All Blacks in rugby union.”

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

GEARED UP: MMA fighter Bren­dan Vaughan from Trin­ity Beach and Ir­ish box­ing coach Pa­trick Kelly of Ma­nunda are ready to cheer on Conor McGre­gor at The Jack ahead of the fight against Floyd May­weather to­mor­row.

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