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McAleenan to host his first pro MMA fight in Newry

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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NEWRY'S Decky McAleenan is bringing a professional MMA fight to his home City at the start of December.

It will be McAleenan's fourth professional fight and will take place against the highly ranked Adam Gustab on Sunday, December 3, for Cage Legacy 5, in the Canal Court Hotel.

And McAleenan insists it is going to be a fight to remember and he is determined to win in front of his home fans.

"It is good to finally fight in Newry for my first time.

"It is literally a five minute walk from where I grew up and to be able to have a professional fight against a highly ranked opponent is great, so now I have to put myself to the test against my highest ranked opponent to date in my home town," said McAleenan.

"There is no way he is coming to Newry to beat me.

"All my professional fights have been against the home fighter as I went to London and beat a Londoner, I went Derry to fight a man from Derry and I also fought a Scottish fighter in Scotland, so this boy is coming into my back yard to fight me and things aren't going to go well for him."

McAleenan said he had been hoping to able to compete in Newry and he had a few irons in the fire that failed to come off for different reasons but former MMA fighter Damian Rooney spoke to a promoter and the Newry man is delighted to get the chance to fight at home.

And he also wants to give the Newry audience the chance to see some of his young club fighters in action so young Oisin Fox will defend is K1 title in the Canal Court too.

"The Canal Court can hold about 600 people and it will be packed," said McAleenan.

"There will be a few more fighters announced and as many from our club as possible because there is no point in having a night in Newry if we are not going to make the most of it.

"I have massive support that follow me everywhere so it is going to be crazy to get tickets. As over 120 people followed me to Derry and that was my first professional fight so it will be I interesting to see how many will come out to watch a fight in their home town."

The Newry fighter, who turned professional last year, is excited about the fight but admits he doesn't know much about his opponent and is more concerned about his own performance.

"Nothing much [About Gustab], I have to concentrate on my own fight, I know he is talented and is coming to me after a knockout win and his ranked tenth or 11th in Ireland and he is one above me in UK rankings.

"Sebastaian [Torres], Sean [Smith] and Damian Rooney have helped me tailor my training and I have picked up the intensity a wee bit. I am getting enough boxing, kick-boxing, grappling so that's what I need."

 

 

 

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