Olympic heroes Michael Carruth and Kenneth Egan. Picture: SON Photographic

OLYMPIC champion, Michael Carruth, is urging would-be “challengers” to unite with him in the fight against cystic fibrosis as he embarks on a novel fundraising effort for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI).

The Drimnagh boxing hero, who won gold at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, is getting back in the ring along with other Olympians Kenneth Egan, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Andy Lee taking place in the National Boxing Stadium on Friday, June 28 at 7pm.

Members of the public interested in this exciting challenge will be joining these legends in the ring.

More high-profile names will be revealed closer to the date in what promises to be a series of thrilling encounters for those both inside – and outside – the ring.

The challenge is open to anyone who is physically fit, over 18 years old, and who fancies taking Carruth, Egan, Nevin, Barnes or Lee on for the fun – they promise to be gentle.

For full details on how to grab your spot in the blue corner, and to receive a fundraising pack, visit www.cfireland.ie

An ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Carruth said of the challenge: “I am far too young to be considering throwing in the towel and if I can get back in the ring, then I have put out the challenge to the other Olympic boxing medallists to do likewise in our ‘Help us fight CF’ challenge and have been knocked out with the support from my fellow boxers.

“I am calling on anyone that would like to spar for a one-minute round against me or any of the Olympian champion boxers in the National Stadium on Friday, June 28 to sign up now at www.cfireland.ie.

“We have everything in place. We will be in the red corner and you’ll be in the blue corner with your own team behind you. We will supply the gear and the sparring will be adapted to your level of ability.

“At the end of the round, we’ll even have time for a photo together in the middle of the ring – if you are still standing!

“We’re asking everyone that signs up to pay a minimum registration fee of €50 and then to fundraise to support this great cause. It will be a wonderful night’s entertainment so bring your family and friends along to see how you get on in the ring with a former Olympic Champion!”

The Help Us Fight CF aims to raise awareness of the fight that people with cystic fibrosis have on their hands every minute of the day.

Funds raised will go to provide much-needed supports and services, including patient grants for exercise, transplant assessment, fertility treatment and counselling, as well as research and new healthcare facilities.

Ireland has the highest rates of cystic fibrosis in the world and some of the most severe types of the disease, with more than 1,300 people living with cystic fibrosis nationwide.