For­mer foot­ballers to step into the ring

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

FIVE OF Wick­low’s for­mer top foot­ballers were al­ways well able to fight their cor­ner on the foot­ball fields whether play­ing for their club or county.

Now for­mer all-star foot­baller Kevin O’Brien, Mick Murtagh, mid­field­ers Fergus Daly and Ray­mond ‘Rocky’ Danne and Thomas Har­ney will be step­ping into the box­ing ring to trade punches for real.

They will be tak­ing on Kil­dare op­po­nents in a box­ing tour­na­ment on St. Pa­trick’s night and will be hop­ing to em­u­late the suc­cess of the foot­ballers last year when they beat Kil­dare in the open­ing round of the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship, their first cham­pi­onship win in Croke Park. Kevin O’Brien, one of Mick O’Dwyer’s se­lec­tors with the present county foot­ball team, and his box­ing col­leagues will be swap­ping punches with some of Kil­dare’s for­mer foot- ballers all for a good cause - that of rais­ing money for the lo­cal Grange­con Box­ing Club near Balt­in­glass.

Kevin O’Brien will be tak­ing on for­mer Kil­dare GAA stal­wart Liam Mi­ley who will have the ad­van­tage of box­ing be­fore his home crowd as the tour­na­ment is be­ing held in­side the Kil­dare bor­der in St. Lau­rence’s GAA Club.

The foot­ballers will see ring action for three, two minute rounds and the pro­gramme on the night will also fea­ture bouts in­volv­ing Grange­con’s se­nior and ju­nior box­ing cham­pi­ons. Surely an event not to be missed.

For­mer Wick­low county star Kevin O'Brien and for­mer Kil­dare star Liam Mi­ley who will meet in the ring on March 17.

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