Team Rabei reveal compromised final offer to Niall O’Connor

Assassin Promotions have revealed that they have made a final compromised offer to Niall O’Connor for a big Dublin derby with Victor Rabei.

Ballybrack super feather O’Connor [5(4)-0] and Rathmichael light welter Rabei [6(2)-0] have been trading barbs online recently and it was said that an agreement was made where they would face off at lightweight.

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This agreement, put forward by O’Connor, however, was merely a verbal one and some rather messy discussions would ensue..

Assassin, who would be promoting the fight, argue that the fight would need to take place at light welter [140lbs] – where Rabei holds the BUI Celtic title.

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However, the outfit have softened on this stance and have revealed that they have offered a compromised take-it-or-leave-it deal to O’Connor and manager Tony Davitt where the Dublin duo would fight for Rabei’s belt at a 138lbs catchweight on a to-be-confirmed show.

‘Nasty Niall’ is understood to be adamant about the fight needing to take place at 135lbs [lightweight] meaning the parties are currently at a deadlock.

Assassin’s Conor Slater has told that O’Connor has rejected this offer of a 138lbs catchweight fight but that the deal remains on the table and that it is hoped that the Celtic Warriors prospect will reconsider.

Rabei won the secondary eight-round BUI title last summer, outpointing upcoming Irish lightweight title challenger Karl Kelly, and would return from a run of niggling injuries in December with a first-round stoppage win live on TG4 on the Ray Moylette Homecoming card.

As part of the off-TV undercard that night in Mayo, O’Connor claimed his third stoppage win of 2018 and the highly-rated prospect is keen to progress to all-Irish fights.

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


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