Seconds out, round one.
The White Collar Boxing phenomenon has spread across the country over recent years, and on March 10 Celbridge GAA will be another club to send its brave members into the ring.
Rather than just getting involved for the joy of having a pop at fellow teammates and earning dressing room bragging rights, all 30 fighters are stepping up to the plate to raise money for the development of their club.
Members of the senior football, hurling, ladies football and camogie teams, as well as underage managers, have been training relentlessly in preparation for the big night.
In partnership with The Village Inn, the club have also teamed up with WhiteCollarBoxing.ie, founded back in 2005.
The website was launched by former Irish Olympian and professional boxer Cathal O’Grady, and his mission was to bring the benefits of boxing to a previously neglected audience and get people involved in the sport.
13 years later, with O’Grady spearheading the training, Celbridge GAA have got on board and it’s all systems go for the night itself.
Senior football manager Trevor O’Sullivan pointed to the dedication of all boxers in preparation for Fight Night 2018.
“Training has been going fantastically well. All participants, ladies and gents, have been putting in a massive effort and there has been a remarkable improvement from week to week. Coupled with the obvious fitness benefits, there has also been a real enjoyable element to the entire process.”
O’Sullivan added, “if the launch night is anything to go by we can look forward to a memorable night in the club on March 10.”