Epic night for Celtic Warrior boxers

by Stephen Findlater
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LAST Saturday’s Return of the Mack fight night in the 3Arena proved a massive success for Paschal Collins and his Celtic Warrior cohorts as three of the Corduff gym’s boxers landed eye-catching wins.

For Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and “Cool Hand” Luke Keeler, they produced stunning first round knock-outs in front of the Sky Sports cameras with potential dividends on the horizon.

O’Sullivan won his grudge match with Anthony Fitzgerald just 75 seconds into the first round, goading the Dubliner forward before landing a supreme right to the chin.

It played out in front of a raucous crowd and the television lights and Collins told GazetteSport afterwards that it helped announce his fighter to a much bigger audience.

“Spike proved he has got the power and is a different level fighter,” he said. “Since he lost to Billy Joe Saunders last year, he took a look at himself in the mirror and saw a few things in his personal life that he had to change, personal problems that had to be dealt with. He has done that now, fought in Boston in June in a real battle which showed he was mentally back.

“Once the Fitzgerald fight was offered, it became his make or break fight. Because it was on Sky Sports, he went the extra mile in training and was mentally right and believed in himself that he was going to win.”

In the wake of the fight, O’Sullivan called out Matthew Macklin but Collins says that there could be a number of different options in the pipeline.

“Eddie Hearn is interested in sitting down with us and he will be given first opportunity because he gave us this chance. If that doesn’t work out, I am getting two or three calls asking about fights and that’s a real good thing.”

Similarly, middleweight Keeler is receiving plenty of attention after his demolition of Gary Boulden, a seventh straight victory

“He destroyed a fella who we thought would give him a long hard night,” Collins said. “Straight after the fight, Eddie Hearn tweeted he’s ‘a star in the making’. He is very eager to get Luke tied into a contract.”
And there was an extra bonus from John Carroll, the last fight in the ring on the night, whom Collins described as a “dark horse”.
He was awarded his fight against rising prospect Declan Geraghty after a pulsating, all-action three round war before the latter was disqualified for use of the head.

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