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Introducing: Eoin McGrath

This Saturday night [February 3rd] sees the first Irish professional debut of the year, with Kildare super flyweight Eoin McGrath stepping into the ring for his paid bow.

The 22-year-old debuts on the SK Promotions ‘Collision Course’ bill at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin and will be looking to make an early impression ahead of an extremely busy year for Irish pro boxing.

The former Ryston amateur, after a few years out of the game, linked up with Stephen Kavanagh at Kilnamanagh towards the end of last year and at the weekend will become the latest addition to Ireland’s growing band of fighters in the lighter weights.

McGrath comes to the pros with proper amateur pedigree and detailed to Irish-Boxing.com how “I won three all-Irelands and three Leinster championships. I represented Ireland twice – on my first one I was the captain of the squad boxing against an English team.”

Trainer and manager Kavanagh has waxed lyrical about McGrath’s talent and pro style, and the young prospect described how “I like to move forward, countering on the front foot, and putting pressure on my opponents, staying in the pocket and catching shots

McGrath has been hard at work at the Kilnamanagh gym in Tallaght alongside featherweight Liam Gaynor, who also features this Saturday night, and he is itching to finally get in the ring in Saggart.

The lilywhite outlined how “my first pro camp was brilliant lots of new ways and means to training. It was very tough but very enjoyable at the same time.”

“I can’t wait to make my debut I don’t know much about my opponent only that he’s had a few fights to his name.”

“I know what I’ve to do and that’s the main thing.”

“I plan to stay as active as I can this year and hopefully get some good wins under my belt definitely long term ”

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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