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Break out the cigars – Belfast character set to join the pro ranks

Professional Irish boxing will have another talented character to celebrate as one of the more colourful participants of the sport has decided to turn over.

Former Belfast amateur star Ruari ‘The Rook’ Dalton has committed to going professional and is currently working toward getting into fighting shape with a view to entering the paid ring. 

Dalton is a 2014 Commonwealth Games participant, where he won two fights and lost to Australia’s eventual flyweight gold medalist Andrew Moloney in the quarter finals.

The St James’s fighter is also a former two-time Ulster Senior champion and holds a win over world title challenger Jamie Conlan and a competitive loss to former WBA bantamweight champ Rau’shee Warren.

The Belfast fighter had announced he would turn over back in 2016 and was scheduled to debut  in Dublin on the Red Corner Promotions show at the National Stadium on Saturday November 5th.

At that time he was set to campaign in the super bantamweight division and was to be trained by John Breen.

However, he moved to New York and his pro plans were put on hold.

The cigar smoking tee-total puncher is now back in Belfast, back in training and back on the pro trail.

Dalton is training with former stylish of note, long time friend and young trainer Dee Walsh and is believed to be generating interest from a number of promoters.

Irish-Boxing.com understands he is currently working on getting fight fit before a final decision as to what promotional and weight route to take.



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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com