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Assassin Boxing sign fifth Irish fighter – more announcements soon

Assassin Boxing have signed their fifth Irish boxer as they step up their “very big plans” for the island.

Today it was announced that two-time Irish title challenger Darren Cruise [7(1)-6(0)] has linked up with the English outfit.

The Roscommon fighter was beaten by one point by Assassin’s JJ McDonagh in a rematch for the Irish super middleweight title last year.

Dropping down to middle, he was again edged by a point for the Irish title by Luke Keeler this Summer.

The Castlerea fighter joins Cork super middleweight Vladimir Belujsky, Irish light heavyweight and super middleweight champions Paddy and JJ McDonagh, and Mayo star Ray Moylette in the Assassin stable.

27 year old Cruise said that “I have been very unfortunate in my two Irish title fights losing 96- 95 to both Luke Keeler and JJ McDonagh. These are two top fighters and I truly believe I could have got the decision in both so that shows the level that I’m at.”

“Joining up with a new management team really has given me a new lease of life, and we have a lot of plans going forward that excite me.”

“After the Luke Keeler fight I took some time off to consider what’s next and I have decided that I’m going to continue on. I feel that at 27 I still have a lot to offer boxing and with Assassin Boxing Promotions behind me I can get some good fights and pick up some belts along the way.”

Assassin Boxing boss Kaz Evans noted how “on the night [v Keeler] I felt Cruise actually nicked the fight. It’s time we get him as the home boxer in them big fights, as he’s been undone by poor judging on a few occasions.”

The outfit have big plans for Ireland and have promised further signings and even Irish shows “very soon.”

Evans added that “the work we’ve done with our Irish boxers has been a fantastic. We are very happy with how we have progressed our boxers in Ireland and aim to expand with more signings.”

“We have some very big things in the pipeline in Ireland too.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie