Deputy Mayor dons the gloves as boxers prepare to come out fighting for local sports clubs

Thursday 3 May 2018

Mid and East Antrim’s top boxers are set to slip in their gum shields, lace up their gloves and step into the ring for a fundraising fight night to support two local clubs.

Councillor Cheryl Johnston with organisers of the May Brawl

Councillor Cheryl Johnston said local fighters have been hitting the bags and pounding the streets in the run-up to the May Brawl at Carrickfergus Amphitheatre on Friday 11 May from 7pm.

Tickets for the event, organised by Carrick Boxing Academy and Larne Golden Gloves, are priced £10, with proceeds going towards supporting the clubs.

Boxers from both will go toe-to-toe for East Antrim titles – and bragging rights.

Carrickfergus-based Councillor ‘Left Jab’ Johnston, who has previously boxed at county and provincial level, said: “I commend all of those behind this event and thank everybody involved for their support.

“All of the boxers have been training really hard ahead of the big night.

“The devotion, hard work and bravery everybody has shown is nothing short of inspirational.

“I am really looking forward to the May Brawl and encourage members of the public to come along to cheer on the competitors and help support our local clubs.

“Carrick Boxing Academy and Larne Golden Gloves both provide brilliant facilities for all within our community.

“They are a great place for our young people in particular, with boxing an incredible way of keeping fit, meeting new friends and improving personal discipline.

“This event will help them to invest in more equipment and with the upkeep of their clubs, for the good of those who train there. 

“The health and wellbeing of our citizens is a priority to Council, as outlined in our Community Plan, and sport plays a major role in that.

“I call on our residents to support our local boxers, and trust they will turn out to get behind what promises to be a brilliant competition.”

For more information, contact either club.

Photograph: Councillor Cheryl Johnston with organisers of the May Brawl