Roadrunner McCloskey defends ‘other’ title

26 August 2010

European light-welterweight champion Paul McCloksey will take time out of his training schedule for his title defence against Barry Morrison in Letterkenny on Saturday, October 2 by defending another one of his titles on August 28.

The undefeated southpaw will take to the roads in the annual Dungiven 10k charity run. McCloskey was first past the finish line in last years event in a time of 38 minutes and he’s hoping to retain his title at the weekend with hundreds of other competitors expected to line up on the starting line.

The event is being organised by Eurospar Dungiven and will see three local charities benefiting with the proceeds going to Drumboghill Community Association, Glenshane Care and Hand’s That Talk.

The event is open to all comers with a number of professional athletes expected to compete while boxing will also be represented by members of Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth boxing team including team captain and European medallist, Eamon O’Kane and Belfast’s European Gold and Olympic Bronze medallist Paddy Barnes.

The race begins at 12 noon on Saturday and participants can register up until 11:45am on Saturday morning at Dungiven Community Hall. There will also be a shorter distance fun run and walk for those looking to enjoy the day at a more sedate pace with family entertainment including a BBQ, karaoke, bouncy castle, face painting and children’s entertainers in the grounds of Dungiven Castle until 5pm.

McCloskey will use the race as part of preparations in the build up to his title European title defence in Letterkenny on a bill that will also feature unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray taking a step up in class as he takes on Johnny Nolasco from the Dominican Republic in an International ten round contest.

The bill also features Dublin’s unbeaten featherweight prospect, Patrick Hyland, reigning Irish Heavyweight Champ, Coleman Barrett, Cork based Cuban sensations Alexei Acosta, Mike Perez and Luis Garcia, Mayo’s unbeaten Super Featherweight Finbarr Eade and the professional debut of Donegal’s own Michael McLoughlin.

Tickets for the Hunky Dorys Fight Night priced from E40 go on sale from 9am on Wednesday, September 1 from / 0818 719300, The Aura, Letterkenny: 074 9106422, The Radisson Blu, Letterkenny: 074 9194444, Eurospar, Dungiven: 028 77741245 or Julie, Dungiven: 07745 698372.

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