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Thursday 19 October 2017

Will Tims survive Storm second time?

Among the fascinating bouts on the undercard of the Matthew Macklin world title eliminator against Jorge Sebastien Heiland at the 3Arena on November 15 is the grudge match between Michael Sweeney and Ian Tims.

When the pair came face-to-face at the recent press conference, security guards had to jump in to prevent a brawl developing.

With the Irish cruiserweight title at stake, old animosities are likely to make this a spectacular dust-up. Thirty-four-year-old Dubliner Tims won a fiercely contested title bout when the pair met at Citywest three years ago.

Since then he's lost a European title fight and a WBO International shot and has been hampered with injury.

Both Ian Tims and Michael Sweeney are determined to assert dominance when they meet next month.

"He got away with using his head the last time," complains Tims (10-2, 3KOs). "But he won't this time. I was injured the last time but this time I'm fit. It'll be a handy night's work for me. I'll end it in four rounds."

Michael 'The Storm' Sweeney (12-3-1, 6KOs) is training in Bolton with Peter Fury and believes he can reverse the last decision.

"The last fight was very close and a lot of people thought it went my way," he says. "There'll be no mistake this time."

The Stomr added: "Peter Fury is great with the mind as well as the physical stuff. I've top fighters for sparring. This fight could lead to really big things. It could be make-or-break."

Meanwhile, Tims, who trains with Paschal Collins, complains: "I got stripped of my Irish title due to inactivity. I'm desperate to get it back. I love a good war."

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