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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Olympic legend Carruth goes back in ring - and he wants to fight you

Michael Carruth will box with Kenneth Egan for charity
Michael Carruth will box with Kenneth Egan for charity

Olympic boxing legend Michael Carruth is stepping back into the ring.

But his comeback, at the age of 50, won't be against another big name in boxing, but members of the public.

Carruth, who won gold for Ireland at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, will spar with 65 opponents for one minute each in the National Stadium on June 29.

He explained that anyone can sign up to take him on in the 65-minute charity exhibition, but former boxer Kenneth Egan, and GAA hero and Herald columnist Alan Brogan were also on the list to go one round with him.

"You're going to get some former boxers coming in, you're going to get some people with absolutely no experience boxing, they'll get a chance to fight Michael Carruth in the National Stadium," he said.

But there is no need to worry about getting hurt for those who want to step into the ring.

"There's nobody going to get knocked out here or broken noses or anything like that.

"This is going to be well orchestrated, with a bit of fun," he said.

"It's going to raise, hopefully, a lot of money for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland."

Nevertheless, he had a warning for Egan if he begins to take things too seriously during the sparring round.

"The golden rule about exhibitions is you don't throw heavy punches. Whoever lands the first heavy punch, it turns into a war.

"If he hits me, I'm hitting him - that's the bottom line. If I hit him, he's hitting me."

Amateurs who wish to fight will be coached, with the money raised going to charity.

Tragedy

Carruth declined to comment on the tragedy at Bray Boxing Gym earlier this month in which innocent Bobby Messett (50) was murdered and Pete Taylor was shot.

He said he could not comment as he works for Boxing Ireland.

The event at the end of the month has been organised to help Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, a cause he has worked with before.

To sign up to get in the ring yourself, see cfireland.ie

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