Stephen Bray practises his upper-cut during last summer's Leinster championship. INPHO/Donall Farmer
Battle Royal

Royals aiming to be kings of the ring

The Royal County gets ready to rumble in the new year.

MEATH FOOTBALLERS ARE more used to roughing up other teams. Now they’re going to fight each other.

Some of the Royal County’s best players will take part in a gala fundraising Fight Night in “The Battle of the Royals” at the Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Trim on Sunday, January 2, according to the Hogan Stand today.

The event is being organised by The Friends of Meath.

Many of the Seamus McEnaney’s stars – like All Star Stephen Bray as well as Joe Sheridan, Graham Reilly and Seamus Kenny – will lace up their gloves in the 12-fight card.

The newly-installed McEnaney doesn’t seem to have any objection to his players going a few rounds with each other:

I think everyone will be interested to see these guys applying their athletic attributes in the boxing ring.

Stepping into a boxing ring with little or no boxing experience is a huge mental and physical challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing how the lads cope with that. It’s great to see both club and county players coming together to support an event like this.

I’m sure some of the Meath legends of the past would have been licking their lips at the opportunity to get in the ring in their heyday and the current panel will have to give and take their lumps on the night to live up to the reputation of some of those guys.

Tickets – priced at €30 – are available from clubs, the Meath County Board and the Friends of Meath.