Host of Irish talent could become free agents tomorrow – Assassin fallout continues

A host of Irish boxing talent could become free agents and available to  sign as of tomorrow. understands that there is a certain set of circumstances that can transpire on Tuesday that would allow any BUI licence holders to rip up their Assassin Promotion’s contracts.

As reported late last week by this site, Assassin  have had their Boxing Union of Ireland licence suspended and are currently unable to promote a show in Ireland.

Sources revealed that the BUI are currently investigating accusations of non-payment to fighters and unsuccessfully attempted to hold a disciplinary meeting with Assassin boss Kaz Evans late last month.

As things stand, Assassin are just suspended from promoting in Ireland under the Boxing Union of Ireland banner, but that suspension could be upgraded to a ban before the month is out.

Evans has the chance to appeal the suspension and the pending ban tomorrow, but if he doesn’t appear in the BUI offices in Dublin those fighters with Irish licences will be allowed to terminate existing contracts.

Indeed, just making an appearance at BUI headquarters won’t prove enough to keep the contracts valid. understand a substantial amount would have to be paid toward the debts owed for the BUI to consider lifting the suspension and moving away from banning Assassin.

It’s alleged the promotional and management company owe one particular Irish fighter a five figure sum, while others are owed money.

It’s unsure which fighters have contracts with Assassin Promotions, but the Irish fighters aligned to them at present include the likes of Victor Rabei, the McDonagh brothers JJ and Paddy, Craig McCarthy, Dylan Moran, Paddy Nevin, Vladimir Belujsky, Francy Luzoho, and Mathew Fitzsimons.

Assassin have been on the scene in Ireland for just short of two years. They have been involved in what appeared to be a number of successful promotions alongside other promotional outfits. They had two sole promotions in the ‘Rise Again’ card at the National Basketball Arena in October and the ‘Homecoming’ card in Mayo last December.

The last show they were involved with was the extremely well-received ‘Clash of the Titans’ card, which they worked alongside Boxing Ireland on.

The promotional outfit have also been credited with helping to bring Irish boxing back to terrestrial television via TG4.

Their Last Man Standing show – which was run with Red Corner and wasn’t void of its own financial controversy – ‘Homecoming’ and the ‘Clash of the Titans’ cards were all TV successes.

However, believe they are on the brink of being banned from promoting.


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Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 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: