FORGET Tyson Fury V Martin Rogan - the biggest boxing match of they year will take place in Cookstown this Saturday night.
Sinn Fein councillors John McNamee and Cathal Mallaghan will go head-to-head at the special bout in the Glenavon House Hotel to raise funds for Pomeroy Plunketts GAC. And it seems both Cookstown councillors are taking the competition very seriously.
Pre-match tensions have simmered so much between the elected representatives that they no-longer sit beside each other in the council chamber.
Councillor Mallaghan tells the MAIL: “I haven’t been doing much training but I am aware Councillor McNamee has fought before in previous tournaments so I am going in the underdog.
“Tensions are very high and we now sit apart from each other in the Council Chamber. He is known locally as Smiler but when I’m finished with him, he might not smile again.
“After I beat McNamee, Tyson Fury is next on my list,” said the Pomeroy councillor.
Councillor McNamee said: “He has the height and the age advantage and it will look on paper like I am the inferior opponent. But I won’t be going out like Martin Rogan did on Saturday night.”
Boxing champ Martin Rogan will also be appearing as a special guest at the match, which will see a series of local fighters take to the ring.
The first match starts at 8pm this Saturday, April 21st. Tickets are priced at £20 and can be obtained by contacting any of the committee members, boxers or senior players. All ticket sales are to be returned to Plunkett McGeary, Kieran Quinn and Kevin Nugent.
Don’t miss out as tickets are limited.