Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Billy on the Box: It’s the night of the Jackal at the Odyssey

Wayne Gretsky, Mike Myers, Bryan Adams, Ben Johnson, Bertie Labatts, a Manitoba snowbadger, Celine Dion… your boy took one helluva beating.

Yes, Sky were in town on Saturday as it was the night of The Jackal as Carl Frampton of Tiger’s Bay (they didn’t mention that much) took on Ontario’s Steve Molitor for the Commonwealth title — winner to fight Rolf Harris.

Molitor turned up in a Canadian ice hockey top, thus making absolutely no change to normal proceedings at the Odyssey, with Dave Clarke wondering was ‘the Belfast boy ready to come of age’ against the Canadian Kid, but doing superbly well not to labour the point that skates and not gloves were normal for this arena.

No such qualms for commentator Nick Halling, diving straight in with ‘Molitor skating on thin ice’ before switching his attention to The Jackal and pointing out that ‘he’s right in with the big dogs.’

My mind was wandering though as Frampton had clearly gone for double alliteration to confuse his opponent, as he had Freddie Flintoff and Colin Coates in his entourage, with a dreadfully confused Molitor wondering if Basil Brush and Diana Dors would also be making an appearance.

But before you could say ‘boom, boom’ it was all over and as Dave said ‘the man from Tiger’s Bay (is he from Tiger’s Bay?) burns brightly in Belfast’. Probably not as brightly as this Saturday, but we got the idea.

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