Second Coming Countdown – Ciaran ‘Bunty’ McVarnock

MGM return to Ireland this weekend and, ahead of the massive ‘Second Coming’ show at the National Stadium, is profiling all the Irish fighters who will be in action.

Today is the turn of Belfast starlet Ciaran McVarnock [4(0)-0-1].

‘Bunty’ is an all-action super featherweight who loves a war.

Promoted by Frank Warren and trained by the legendary Arnie Farnell, there are high hopes for the 23 year old after an irregular and frustrating first eighteen months as a pro.

Alongside lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick, McVarnock is part of an effort by Frank Warren to stake a claim in the lucrative Belfast market, and the youngster certainly has the potential to put bums on seasts.

This can certainly be seen in his recent war with Jose Acero on the Lights Out at the Plaza undercard. In this fight the Belfast man was hurt but was able to bite down on his gumshield and battle through to secure a draw – despite imperfect preparations, something which he will look to put right in Dublin on Saturday.

Watch some of McVarnock’s previous fights below to get an idea of the sort of action he will be bringing on Saturday night

His war with Jose Acero.

An entertaining scrap with Harvey Hemsley

Other Countdown to ‘Second Coming’ pieces
David Maguire
David Maguire
Michael Sweeney -v- Ian Tims
Peter McDonagh -v- Dean Byrne

Tickets are available from the boxers involved and ‘Second Coming’’ will also be shown exclusively live on Boxnation from 5pm (Sky channel 437).

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

Joe O'Neill

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