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Tipperary southpaw turns pro

The Irish boxing ranks have seen another new addition.

Tipperary light middleweight Randal Barlow has been confirmed to be turning over at the age of 25.

Originally from Carrick-on-Suir but having relocated to Crawley in England, Barlow has been boxing almost his entire life, starting out with the St Nicholas’s club.

Recently he has been boxing on the semi-pro/unlicensed scene in England but will now enter the big leagues, linking up with management outfit Mack The Knife Global.

The Premier County man said that “I’m over the moon to sign with MTK. Everything I get from the team I’m going to give back tenfold and prove to everyone just what I can do.”

“I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and have been doing it for 19 years now. I had an amateur career in Ireland then came to the UK and had some fights over here.”

“I’m going to give this 100 per cent. Training will step up and there will be some hard graft now. I want to hopefully get out three to four times this year.” 

A debut date will be confirmed for Barlow shortly.

So far, in 2019, the pro ranks have been bolstered by the additions of Mullingar middleweight John Joyce, Keady lightweight Sean Duffy, Tallaght super feather Declan Kenna, Omagh feather Callum Bradley, and Barlow.

In terms of Tipperary fighters, Barlow joins Templemore super middle Paddy Clavin awaiting a debut while there is also Clonmel heavyweight Con Sheehan [5(2)-0] who will hopefully, finally, get some luck and get active in 2019.


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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