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Watch – James Tennyson opponent Josh O’Reilly in action against John Joe Nevin

Tonight won’t be the first time Josh O’Reilly shared the ring with Irish opposition.

The Canadian has strong Irish connections and has been a regular visitor to the country and Cavan in particular.

The world ranked fighter, who competes against James Tennyson in a world title eliminator tonight, was based here for a few months during his late teens.

During that time he trained in Cavan BC he even shared the ring with one of Ireland’s greatest amateurs on a club show.

A teen O’Reilly fought the London 2012 silver medal winner John Joe Nevin and like many at the time didn’t fare too well.

Recalling the fight, O’Reilly laughingly admits that “I got whooped!”

“I fought John Joe at 17 or 18 years old I believe, I only had about 20 amateur fights. It was a great experience. I met some great people and eventually wound up training down at Cavan BC for a few months.

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Watch some footage from the fight below:

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com