World class kickboxing returns to Kilkenny

World-class kickboxing hits Kilkenny once again, with Dragons Lair promoting Vinny Di Rusico’s ISKA Professional World Title bid at O’ Loughlin Gaels sports complex this Sunday, July 15.

World-class kickboxing hits Kilkenny once again, with Dragons Lair promoting Vinny Di Rusico’s ISKA Professional World Title bid at O’ Loughlin Gaels sports complex this Sunday, July 15.

Di Rusico is the current European professional champion, and at last gets his chance at fighting for the world title – something that has been hard to get as few opponents want to enter the ring because his reputation proceeds him. His training has gone smoothly, and he is in the condition of his life for this 12-round bout.

His opponent is Frans Zuccala – a teak-tough fighter who has never been stopped in his career.

“Di Rusico promises to change that statistic, and that Zaccula will not stay with the blistering pace that he fights at,” said Bernie Doyle, Di Rusico’s coach and chief instructor at Dragons Lair.

“I think we will be predicting a stoppage in the later rounds. Everyone who has witnessed Vinny to date knows how exciting he is and the power he delivers with both hands and feet, and can be sure this will be an equally entertaining and exciting fight not to be missed.”

The under card is equally exciting, with Connor Doyle fighting for the Junior European Bantamweight title against Luis Antionio Sanchez, the current Spanish Bantamweight champion. Doyle is the undisputed Irish champion in the 54kg class, with no opponents at this weight willing to take him on in Ireland.

He won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Italy last year, along with the Five Nations title in England. This is a big achievement for a young fighter only in the sport for three years.

Also on the card is Callan lad and Kilkenny College student Aaron Comerford, fighting for an Irish title against Shane McConnell, current Irish champion from Waterford. Comerford’s speed and skill is a pleasure to watch – he gave up a promising rugby career to concentrate on his kickboxing, and he is a talent in the making.

Support fights to these main bouts include Danny Quinn, Sean Maher, PJ Marshall, Margaret and Rowena Walsh and Martin Doheny, all of whom have trained hard to ensure they give a great display for their home fans. A big thanks to all sponsors and supporters, without whom events like this would not be possible.

Tickets are on sale for adults at €13 and €8 for juniors. A limited number of family tickets are available for €32.

Contact any club member, Rafter Dempseys and Biddy Earleys. Doors open at 3pm with the first fight for 4pm.

Dragons Lair provides kids’ and adults’ kickboxing and fitness classes five nights a week from 6pm. For more, visit Facebook on Dragons Lair Martial Arts, www.dragonslairmartialarts.ie or Bernard Doyle at 086-8175604.