Less than a week after Assassin Boxing and Red Corner Promotions made public their intentions to run a Prizefighter-style tournament live on TV – and just three days after applications opened – fighters from around the world and at different stages in their career have staked their claims for inclusion.
Conor Slater of Assassin confirmed to Irish-Boxing.com that they have reached double figures in terms of interested parties and suggests some of the early applicants might surprise fight fans.
Slater wasn’t willing to name names, but it does seem the chance to fight on terrestrial TV for a €25,000 winners cheque is appealing to all manner of Irish fighters.
Some “exciting” Irish-American’s have applied to take part on March 3rd at the National Stadium, as well as some well known fighters at home both pro and amateur.
“I won’t disclose some of the names that have entered who have not made their interest public. However we have seen some big names come forward and confirm via social media there intention of competing such as Conrad Cummins, Nick Quigley, Pádraig McCrory, Paddy Irwin, and Packie Collins has made it clear his intentions of having Bernard Roe in the competition.”
“We are in double figures, and expect a lot more. The deadline is not for another month,” Slater told Irish-Boxing.com.
“There has been interest from a couple of exciting names in America as well that could surprise a few too. We have also had a few amateurs looking to turn over come forward but I feel it would be wrong to make their names public.”
One of the more interesting aspects to Last Man Standing is the selection committee. Kenny Egan and Micky Helliet will, independently to those running the show, pick the final eight.
However, they can only select fighters that have filled out the application form. No fighters will be pursued or contacted and Slater was keen to let all those interested know that they have to apply if they want to take part.
“Just to confirm you must apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – this is not your normal competition, no boxers will be contacted, simply you make your interest known, and the names will be judged by the selection committee.”