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question for slapbangwhallop on stephen 'block' reynolds pro debut..

i'm asking this as a public question fella because others here may be interested.

are you still putting on a show in belfast?...and is stephen 'block' reynolds still on the bill if you are ??
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It was all posted on the Irish Boxing Thread on ESB.
found this in the thread...but doesn't mention the date...

about 450 in the Holiday Inn and 800 in the Emerald Roadhouse.

shaping up to be a nice bill.

Joe Hillerby vs Lee Murtagh
Anthony Cacace vs Paul Griffin
Stephen Reynolds vs Moses Matovu
Ciaran Healy vs Alan Donnllan
Darren Cruise vs Paul Moffett
Ray Ginley vs Jody Meikle
Gerard Healy vs TBA
Mark Ginley vs TBA
slapbangwhallop just posted this up on facebook...maybe someone here may be as interested in this as i am...


‎5 times Irish champion and your friendly local Parking warden Stephen Reynolds is turning professional at long last.

He is making his debut in Belfast on July 21st and we should have tickets for the fight before the weekend.

Tickets are just €19 standing, €30 seated and €48 ringside and they is a return bus €10. I hope hope we can get a massive turn out from the Sligo crowd to support his debut.

Tickets will be available from Barton Smith Sports, the Adelaide Casino, Ballinacarrow Boxing Club and or just send me a PM.

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for anyone interested here....yesterday's press release on this -


Turning 39 most boxers have long since hung up their mitts and settled for a life of reminiscing on sepia-coloured past glories.

However, former Irish international amateur star turned boxing coach, Stephen Reynolds, isn’t most boxers and is set to make his debut in the paid ranks on July 21 in Belfast. A decade ago ‘Block’ Reynolds ranked amongstEurope’s top amateur boxers, chalking up five Irish National titles at Super-heavyweight and Heavyweight between 1997 and 2001 and a Four Nations gold in 2001, beating England’s David Dolan in the final. He also competed at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001 where he prepared alongside eventual silver medal winner David Haye. Together with younger brother, Alan, who amassed a string of seven Irish senior titles, the pair seemed made for the professional game, stardom and the cash rewards that came with success.

Whilst Haye, who was ranked number two in the division behind Reynolds at the time, went on to become a world champion and Pay-Per-View star, Reynolds retired from the sport taking up a vocation in coaching the sweet science to local youth whilst doubling up a Sligo Town’s first parking warden by day. “It felt good being ranked so highly but I saw that as rewards for the hard work myself and Alan put in not a gateway to being snapped up by a big promoter.

“That was all before the High Performance Team with the IABA started. They’ve a great set up now but I just missed that starting. Had it been in place when I was there then I am sure I would have been in the Olympics like Kenny Egan and the others.

“Lou Duva did offer to turn me professional back then. I was fighting in America at the Foxwoods Casino against Devin Vargas and Duva approached me after the bout and asked if I’d sign with him but I wasn’t interested. “Maybe I felt I hadn’t the style for the pro ranks, I was used to the amateur code and fought for points, scoring against a target, it’s almost a different sport.” admitted Reynolds. “Things are different now, it’s the best I’ve ever felt. I’m planting my feet and following through a lot harder with my punches. “I’m not chasing money and that’s what makes me more dangerous, I’m having fun and seeking glory. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and I’m really enjoying training but this is no joke and a clear distinction needs to be made there,” said ‘Block’ sternly.

Reynolds was to make his debut on a bill is Roscommon earlier in the year but that fell through and he has now teamed up with Manchester-based Sligo manager Leonard Gunning who has secured the Ballinacarrow banger a debut slot on an Emerald Promotions bill alongside some of Belfast’s brightest prospect including Anthony Cacace, Ray Ginley and Paul Moffett on a card headlined by an Irish title fight between unbeaten Joe Hillerby and veteran scrapper Lee Murtagh.

“I haven’t stopped training since the last bout was cancelled. I’ve started my 6 week training camp now and focused on fight night. I’ve already at the targeted fight weight and the hungers back, it’s even easy to get up for those 5am runs,” chuckled Reynolds with renewed confidence after losing two stone since Christmas. “I know I haven’t got the time to build my record against cannon-fodder like younger lads. It’ll have to be a fast paced rollercoaster ride if I want to achieve my goals. “Give me 4 or 5 quick fights against quality opposition and the Irish title. That’s the dream. But who knows, if I get knocked out in my first few fights then that won’t happen!” uttered Reynolds who is only too aware of the dangers and pitfalls in the professional ranks.

“My brother Alan is my main sparring partner but I’ve options in Limerick, Dublin or Belfast I can call on if I feel I need additional rounds before the fight.

“We won’t really know what we have until fight night and there’s no substitute for actually fighting. It could be over as quick as it began or it could be the start of something big. Either way it’ll be exciting and I’ll give all the fans that come to see me the night to remember. “At 39 I’m still fresh because started boxing late so the miles aren’t on the clock as I looked after myself and kept training. I just want one more rattle at it. There are potentially some big fights on the Irish scene and I won’t be shying away from them. The likes of Darren Corbett and Conall Carmichael stand in my way to getting at Dublin’s Ian Tims and the Irish title but I can’t even think about them yet until I have my debut,” said Reynolds keen not to get too carried away before his opener.

“The reaction at home to the news that I’m finally making my pro debut was fantastic. I’ve been overwhelmed with the support and requests for tickets. It’s been a long time since Vinny Feeney retired and we’ve had no Sligo pro to cheers on since then but the bus load of fans coming up to support me will make it feel like a home tie I am sure. “ Tickets for

Stephen’s debut at the Emerald Roadhouse, Belfast on Saturday, July 21 range from €19 standing, €30 seated and €48 ringside. Return bus from Sligo for just €10. Tickets are available in Sligo from Barton Smith Sports, the Adelaide Casino and Ballinacarrow Boxing Club or in Belfast at Manny’s at 241 Antrim Road. Alternatively call 087 858 9369 or in the north call 075 35 267 641. Follow Stephen on twitter at @BlockReynolds
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coach full going from town me ringside tickets ready
i might go down tonight to have a look at some sparring...was chatting him earlier.
good sparring session tonight against 3 different sparring partners from super heavy amatuer to a light heavy and a middleweight....look well against them terrific shape and looks very hungry for this. a very late career tyson....he's stocky..bobs and weaves a lot..hooks a lot....maybe if i could pick one thing he doesnt do great from my eyes, is move a lot, like on his feet, not bad, but doesnt cover much ground in the ring....from the waist up he is very fast...he's also a switch-hitter.
i was going to take some video but wasnt sure if they'd object..only for him to ask me afterwards to video him next time....d'oh.
matuvo is no joke...better than his record suggests
called round by his house tonight to wish the lad a bit of luck for the weekend
"if he beats me..he'll know he's been in some fight"

he's up for it.

60 seater coach completely full + more who are driving up.
just back in.

moses was just as good as i thought he'd be...again, far better than his record suggests.
reynolds won on was a great scrap, and the atmosphere was electric.
a great night for all who went up from this town for him.

few pics from the whole evening..

our 'block' heads :)...

my boy with a few faces...

kiko...won on points..

block at the end of the night...

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cacace has power...superb ko in his fight.

donnellan is good and for my money got robbed.

dougie curran actually put up a good stance against kiko who looked like he was really trying to stop him to make a statement to frampton sitting ringside.

hillerby very unlucky..had murtagh down in the first and was winning at a canter and then the shoulder popped out and he fought half a round like that and it looked painful to see...half a round with murtagh all over him too.

it was a great nights boxing.
these excellent photos are from

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2nd pro fight tonight...

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