Red Corner Promotions & Assassin Boxing officially launched Ireland’s first ‘Last Man Standing’ Tournament. Following in the vein of the Prizefighter series on Sky Sports, the tournament will begin on Saturday March 3rd in the National Stadium Dublin and will see 8 fighters involved and fights take place over three three-minute rounds, with the quarter-final draw being made during fight week. If a fight ends in a draw, a deciding vote will be cast by the referee.
The first of three planned shows for 2018 will feature Middleweights (officially fighters between the weights of 155lbs and 165lbs) and is open to fighters from Ireland or of Irish descent – and the eight boxers will be fighting for a top prize of €25,000.
To spice things up even further there will be a knockout bonus of €1,000 which will hopefully add to the action, as well as varying purses for runners-up (€5,000), semi finalists (€2,000), and quarter finalists (€1,000).
There will also be cash incentives with money going back to amateur clubs. Overall, the total prize fund is at least – €47,000
To add an extra incentive into the mix, there will be terrestrial tv coverage and the winner of the tournament is also guaranteed a shot at the Irish middleweight belt (currently held by Luke Keeler) and will likely fight for the belt in the chief support bout on the following ‘Last Man Standing’ bill.
No fighters are currently confirmed for the card, with the promoters of the instead calling for applications. The closing date is December 31st , and all fighters need to get in contact with Conor Slater of Assassin Boxing (email@example.com). or Jonathan Graham of Red Corner ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Ticket details will be announced shortly and fighters will then be selected by an independent panel featuring Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan and English promoter Micky Helliet, with an official confirmation of the line-up in January ahead of the March 3rd event.
What Red Corner & Assassin boxing have launched is a great boost for Irish boxing and can only be a positive move as it will surely bring in more casual fans with the backing of terrestrial tv. If it’s anything like the Prizefighter series then boxing fans are in for some great nights of action. And for the fighter’s involved it’s a great way for them to earn some good money, boost their profile and challenge for an Irish Middleweight title.