Gary Sweeney’s South African Debut Cancelled

Galway cruiserweight Gary ‘The Gallant’ Sweeney will unfortunately not be making his debut this weekend.

The youngster was due to box local fighter Jean Lutete [0-1(0)] as part of the undercard of Hekkie Budler’s defence of his WBA minnimumweight title in Gauteng, South Africa.

In addition, the former amateur stand-out’s fight was going to feature on ESPN.

However, Sweeney has confirmed that, through no fault of his own, that the bout will no longer be happening.

Sweeney will look to quickly get over this disappointment, with a new debut date due to be announced very soon.

Indeed there will be plenty of potential upcoming dates for the former European Youth silver medalist who is now managed by MGM Promotions and promoted by Golden Gloves SA.

Joe O'Neill

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