Introducing: James Cahill

Times are changing in Irish boxing with huge numbers of fighters turning pro looking to grab a piece of the spotlight on the burgeoning paid scene.

Over 20 boxers have chosen to turn pro in recent months, one of the youngest of whom is Bray’s James Cahill.

Just 19 years old, Cahill’s coach at St Teresa’s, Mark Buckley, believes that the young gun is made for the big bad pro world where he enters alongside clubmate Regan Buckley.

The Wicklow light middleweight has been a regular at the National Stadium over the years, winning a Leinster title and the prestigious Michael Andrews tournament. In the last twelve months he has featured in the Under-18s, the Senior (Intermediates), and the Under-22s.

However, Cahill has elected to ditch the vest, and explained to that he “just wanted a change and to try something new.”

Describing his style, the southpaw noted how “I’m a mixer, I like to do it all.”

Last November, Cahill stepped in at a week’s notice to fight on the inaugural Semi-Pro Boxing Ireland card, winning his 6×2 minute rounds fight, and he feels that “semi-pro has prepared me for the pros well.”

While he is still in his teens, Cahill has his feet firmly on the ground and outlined how “I hope to get a couple of fights under my belt and, hopefully, then go for the Irish title and see where it goes from there.”

A debut date for Cahill will be announced in the near future.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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