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Tallaght teen Liam Gaynor given another tough fight

Liam Gaynor may only be 19 years old, but the Kilnamanagh lightweight doesn’t want things easy in the pros.

The Tallaght teen debuted back in May in one of the Irish fights of the year, outpointing Belfast’s Alec Bazza over four exciting rounds at the National Stadium.

Gaynor makes his return next Friday [November 24th], and is again in a tough fight which goes against the norm for a boxer of his age and experience.

The Stephen Kavanagh-trained prospect boxes in a four-rounder on the inaugural SK Promotions show – Next Generation – at the CityWest Hotel in Saggart, and takes on tough and game Polish fighter Krzysztof Rogowski [10(5)-23(13)].

The 36 year old is famous in Irish boxing circles for having beaten Carl Frampton in the amateurs and was also an EU bronze medalist. As a pro he has gone down the journeyman route, providing a rugged foe for prospects.

No stranger to Irish shores, the Eastern European boxer has fought here four times. In 2014 he was stopped in three by Martin Lindsay in the Mac Man’s comeback following his loss to Lee Selby, while in 2015 he was also stopped in the third by James Tennyson – in what was the Belfast boxer’s fourteenth fight.

Last year he was stopped to the body in the second round by former amateur star Eric Donovan, and just last month was eventually stopped in the fifth by Allan Phelan in one of the fights of the night on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Champions Elect’ bill

While his record may not look the best – and admittedly he has been stopped in all four of his fights in Ireland – Rogowski can not be underestimated, and provides rough and tough opposition.

Gaynor v Rogowski is the first confirmed match for next week, with more to be announced in the coming days.

Also featuring on the ‘Next Generation’ bill will be headliner Sean Creagh, as well as Victor Rabei, Craig McCarthy, Chris Mullally, and debutant Cillian Reardon.


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie