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Tenbury boxers' dream trip to Ireland postponed
7:00am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Sport
SIX Tenbury boxers’ dream trip to Ireland has been postponed after a mix-up over their matches.
Tenbury’s founder Martin ‘Paddy’ Brennan said he pulled the plug on last weekend’s trip after fearing for his fighters’ safety inside the ring.
“We had 14 all ready to go from this country but, on the Thursday, the organisers in Ireland called me to say there were a few glitches.
“They told us the list of matches and, when we started looking into it, it soon became clear that the opposition fighters had far too much experience for our lads.
“I couldn’t commit to the list – the guy who Eddie Kelly was going to fight was like Mike Tyson and had had more than 50 fights.”
Paddy said: “I actually cried because some of the parents had booked holidays in Ireland for the weekend.
“I hadn’t booked the flights but was just about to.
“It would have been a huge risk to have put my lads in front of those guys – and the heath and safety aspects of my kids are paramount.
“We have a new child welfare officer, Liz Boland, and we couldn’t afford to take any risks.”
The Tenbury lads were to team up with boxers from Birmingham.
“I pulled out my fighters and then Frank Sullivan from Birmingham then pulled out his fighters,” said Paddy.
“I apologised to all the parents – the parents have been fantastic and very understanding towards what happened.
“We will reschedule things and the trip might now take place early in the new year.”
Paddy added that Tenbury will be hosting their own show at Tenbury High School on March, 29, 2013.
For more details about the Tenbury show, e-mail Paddy Brennan on email@example.com