Fighting Scots Gym owner Frank Gilluley says the commitment of those taking part in Fight Club at the Alona Hotel on Saturday is ‘unbelievable’.
The Mossend gym and Mayhem Promotions present six semi-professional bouts including Ronnie Nailen and Scott McIntyre going for Celtic titles and Paddy Reilly and David Markey in title eliminators.
All bouts are governed by the European Boxing Federation, with another six novice fights taking place, and Frank says safety is the primary concern.
He said: “The level of commitment the guys are showing is unbelievable, both mentally and physically you can see a difference in them all.
“Some liked to go out for a beer, but have knocked that on the head and are fully focused on training.
“The semi-pros show a lot of potential and the same’s true with the novices who were looking at it as a one off, but now think of taking it forward.
“EBF rules are strict about fights being stopped as soon as any fighter is dazed or in trouble.
“It’s a sport, it’s not about someone getting pulverised, if we don’t look after them then people won’t come back - fighters or the public.
“Our first priority is the safety and welfare of the fighters, having the gym as a base means we can constantly monitor them and if they aren’t ready they won’t be fighting.”