Former Kildare amateur boxing star Roy Sheahan has been announced as the first of eight fighters that will be taking part in the first ever Last Man Standing competition on Irish soil, which will be held on March 8 in the National Stadium.
The competition is an all in one night tournament that will pit together Ireland’s best middleweights in three minute contests, as each boxer will work their way from the quarter-final stages to the final.
The prize fund for the tournament is 50,000 euro and the winner will not only walk away with a huge sum, he will be made mandatory for The Irish title. Sheehan first burst on to the amateur scene in 2002, as a 17-year-old.
After numerous Irish titles, and a European gold in 2007, Sheehan narrowly missed out on the Olympic games in 2008 and 2012. Having retired in 2013, he made a brief return in 2015, where he won yet another Irish title, having only had three weeks training. Back out of the ring and training for nearly three years, Sheehan is coming into this competition with a serious ambition of winning it, and will be the newest boxer to the paid ranks out of the eight.
Now in the paid ranks, Sheehan firmly believes he will win this competition before taking the world by storm.
“This is a great opportunity for me to get in this competition,” he said.
“Turning pro has been something I really wanted to do, and finally I have the purpose to do it. I don’t want to be in too many silly fights, I want to go in there and fight the best and prove I am the best.”
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