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Saffron stars pull on the boxing gloves for ring spectacular

By Declan Bogue

Antrim Gaels with a taste for boxing get to combine two big interests this weekend, as a host of county footballers pit their wits in the ring for a night of white collar boxing this Saturday night.

Hosted in the Grand Ballroom of the Devenish Complex in Finaghy, the 'Clash of the Saffrons' will feature Antrim players past and present going toe to toe to prove their manhood, and raise some funds for the county teams in the process.

A portion of the monies raised will be donated to Charity Action for Children, which provides respite for the families of cancer sufferers.

Among the mouth-watering showdowns in the ring include Creggan full back Marty Johnston who comes up against Ballymena's finest, Sean McVeigh in what must be considered a clash of the heavyweights.

A little more stick and move can be expected in the pairing of Lamh Deargh's Declan Lynch against Aldergrove's Ronan Hanna.

Fiontann McCotter (Sarsfields) and Colm McDonald (St Gall's) provide a novel pairing of referees set to duke it out.

The night will be hosted by Mark Sidebottom of the BBC on the mic.

Tickets are still available from GymCo, Brian Magee's gym, the O'Neill's shop off Kennedy Way and the Devenish Complex.

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