The 'Clash of the Codes' is shaping up to be the biggest sporting occasion Coleraine has seen in many years. The massive event will see twelve men and four women each from Coleraine Rugby Club and Eoghan Rua GAA Club battle it out in a boxing match to see who will be crowned King of the Ring.
The event takes place in Saturday 9 April this year in a specially constructed marquee at the rugby club and it promises to be an thrilling evening as the amateur boxers try out their skills in the ring.
None of the fighters have prior boxing experience and as they start training this month they will be learning the basics of one of the oldest sports in the world. The training, organised with the help of local amateur boxing clubs, will emphasise safety and each participant will have full boxing headgear on the night.
The boxing match has been some months in the planning and both clubs have thrown their organisational abilities into the event, the proceeds of which will be split equally between the clubs. It is anticipated that upwards on 1,500 people will be supporting the fighters and there will be lots of facilities available to make the evening an enjoyable and memorable one.
On the night things start off with a celebrity dinner and throughout the evening food and refreshments will be available to everyone. Every possible effort is being made to make sure members and friends have an evening to truly remember.
Special guest commentators will be on hand to keep everyone informed during the contests and a number of celebrity figures will be making an appearance during the evening.
Tickets for the event are on sale at both Eoghan Rua and Coleraine Rugby Clubs and from members of the club who are taking part in the event.
They are also available from Portstewart Family Practice, Portstewart Clothing Company, Springhill Bar, Portrush and Chill Foodhall, Coleraine. Price £15.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for any business that wants to support the event. Contact either club for details.
For now the 32 brave fighters are getting into their gruelling training regime, getting boxing fit, learning how to defend themselves and working out how to score those important winning points.
It promises to be a fantastic event, one you should make sure not to miss. Get your ticket today.