Healy replaces Hefferon in All Irish Prizefighter
By Jonny Stapleton
IT IS a case of out with the new in with the old as Belfast veteran Ciaran Healy agreed to replace injured young prospect Mark Hefferon in the first ever All Irish Prizefighter.
The 37 year old two weight Irish champion plans to hang up his gloves at the end of this year and could go out with a significant bang if he manages to win the all action tournament.
Healy has enjoyed a mixed run off form of late. He impressed on the road despite losing to Bilel Latreche and Frank Haroche Horta, displayed one punch knock out power with wins over John Waldron and Brendan Fitzpatrick and out pointed English prospect Harry Matthews.
However he comes into the tournament on the back of consecutive defeats to former World Champion Enzo Maccarinelli and debutant Paul Moffett. The experienced pro certainly adds some more spice to an already appetising May 5 fight menu and could prove a contender for the £32,000 winners cheque.
The Down man, who beat Healy in his last fight, Paul Moffet will join Alan Donnellan as one of the reserves on the night.