TG4, who had previously shown an interest in the sport by airing the National Elite Seniors in the period RTÉ were not interested, have been tempted to air pro boxing once again.
The Irish-language station will broadcast the Last Man Standing show – the first pro show to be aired on terrestrial TV since Henry Coyle stopped Elio Cotena in August 2011, also on TG4 – on Saturday night [March 3rd].
Full details of the TG4 coverage were revealed this week.
The broadcast will last for just under three hours, commencing at 8:15pm and running until 11:10pm.
The station plan to fit the mouth-watering Irish light middleweight title fight between Jay Byrne and Craig O’Brien and the seven-fight eight-man single-elimination middleweight tournament into that broadcast.
Irish-Boxing.com believe the Dublin versus Belfast clash between Victor Rabei and Mark Morris may also get air time if knockouts leave room to fill.
The roles of presenter and chief commentator will fall to Micheál Ó Domhnaill and Sean Bán Breathnach respectively.
The punditry team includes a number of big names, and ‘the toughest white man on the planet’, Joe Egan, is one of those involved.
Egan will be joined by current BUI Celtic featherweight champion Eric Donovan, former World champion Andy Lee, Olympic hero Kenneth Egan – who was part of the panel that selected the eight competitors – as well as Westerner and former World title challenger Sean Mannion.
The broadcast is unfortunately TV only, and will not be streamed live on the TG4 Player.
The undercard will be streamed live on the ‘Boxing Social’ Facebook page from 5:00pm.
The stream will include appearances from Dylan McDonagh, Max Wicks, and Israel Duffus.
The eight men currently confirmed for the Last Man Standing portion of the card are Roy Sheahan, Chris Blaney, Nick Quigley, Bernard Roe, Jack Cullen, Vladimir Belujsky, JJ McDonagh, and Ger Healy, and they will fight it out for their share of a €59,000.