Organisers dismayed at no big fight coverage

THE promoters of the Guillermo Rigondeaux versus Willie “Big Bang” Casey world title fight have expressed regret at RTÉ’s decision not to televise the event.

Don O’Leary, co-founder of DolPhil promotions, said the situation at the moment is that RTÉ are not covering the event and they have also been in contact with TV3 and Setanta who told them that they cannot afford to televise the fight.

They have also been in touch with Sky and Eurosport with a view to making the fight available to viewers in Ireland.

“It’s just a shame that our own national broadcaster will not show the fight. We find that not just disappointing but we find it unbelievable,” he said.

“Willie Casey has captivated the minds and hearts of so many Irish people we find it incredible that they cannot watch his finest hour on television.”

Gary Hyde of Nowhere2Hyde said the fight will be shown across north, central and south America as well as in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

“It’s going to be shown to millions over there yet, as things stand today, the fight will not be shown in Ireland,” he said.

“They tell us it is on account of the recession but over 3,000 seats have already been sold for the fight although it is only being officially launched today so there is no sign of a recession there.

“Willie Casey’s rise to the top is the stuff of fairytales and the people want to get behind him.

“We are not here to make huge money. We are in this for the love of the sport. The ticket prices are the same as they were when ChrisEubank fought Steve Collins in Millstreet in 1995. That’s the kind of people who are behind this fight.”

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