Former Crumlin teammate secures job on Mayweather-McGregor undercard
Fans were disappointed when there were no Irish fighters added to the Mayweather-McGregor undercard.
The Dublin light middleweight makes his pro debut on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and coach John Kavanagh had spoken of his hope for a number of Irish fighters to feature on the undercard.
This was sadly not to be the case, but there will be an Irishman working in the corner on the undercard.
Not only that, it will be one of McGregor’s former clubmates from Crumlin BC.
Irish-Boxing.com can confirm that cutman Andy O’Neill has secured a last-minute job on the massive Sin City undercard.
Initially in Vegas to work the corner of Bryan Vera against J’Leon Love on Tuesday just gone, this bout would fall through.
The Kilkenny man remained to attend the Mayweather v McGregor fight, however he has been called upon to work on the undercard – in the chief support no less – following a meeting with Poughkeepsie manager Brian Burke.
O’Neill will be in the corner of Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca [19(13)-0-1] who challenges Gervonta Davis [18(17)-0] for the Mayweather Promotions fighter’s IBF super featherweight title.
It’s not O’Neill’s first appearance on a big Mayweather card either, having worked with Chris Pearson early on on the undercard for the massive Manny Pacquiao fight two years ago.
O’Neill had a busy night here, helping contain a major gash on Pearson and allowing him to go on to defeat Said El Harrak – before assisting a woman in the crowd who went into labour right as the main event began!
A cousin of Olympian Darren, O’Neill was formerly a top underage boxer at Crumlin before moving into the world of cuts where he works with a number of Irish fighters, international ‘opponents,’ and even world champion Zolani Tete.
Known for his red hair and beard, O’Neill was named King of the Gingers at a national convention last year, and the popular Paulstown man is always a distinctive character in the corner.
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