Offer of a political punch-up ... but all in a good cause

In the green corner weighing in at 13-and-a-half stone, the “Mitchelstown Mauler” seeks an opponent for a heavyweight political bout.

Offer of a political punch-up ... but all in a good cause

A Fianna Fáil county councillor has thrown down the gauntlet for other politicians in his area to fight him over three rounds — for a worthy cause.

Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe, son of former minister and FF TD Ned O’Keeffe, has never before been in the ring but he’s in training for a series of fights which will take place in Mitchelstown, Co Cork on Mar 16.

The 48-year-old who stands 5ft 10in tall is seeking an opponent, preferably from another political party to take him on.

Ideally, the candidate will be roughly the same age and build which narrows the field somewhat.

“I’m doing a bit of training as are the others who are competing. I’m reasonably fit because I work on the family farm as well,” said Kevin, who was elected to Cork County Council in 1997.

“A lot of the money raised on the night will go to charities so it’s for a worthy cause,” he says. His original opponent had to pull out because he was committed to another engagement and Kevin said he thought it would spice up the contest if he sought a political opponent instead.

Mitchelstown Rugby Club, in conjunction with White Collar Boxing, are organising 15 bouts on the night and are hoping up to 1,000 spectators will attend.

Club spokesman Ed Hogan said four of the bouts will feature women boxers.

“Some of the money raised will go to the club and 50% of the ticket sales will then be divided up among the boxers’ nominated clubs or charities. Some of the charities already picked include Autism Ireland, COPE and Marymount Hospice, Ed said.

The event will also include a DJ, full bar and food.

“The fights will take place at a business park in the town and there will be big video screens in the building. We hope to sell 1,000 tickets for the event which is being sponsored by Ballyhoura Fáilte,” he added.

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