‘Second Coming’ Weigh-In: Intense Peter McDonagh and Dean Byrne face off

Peter McDonagh said at the press conference yesterday that come Saturday we will “see who the real Irish man is”.

‘Second Coming’ Weigh-In: Intense Peter McDonagh and Dean Byrne face off

But we only had to wait until Friday to find out.

At the weigh in, there was no question of McDonagh’s nationality as he looked to prove a point to Byrne by stepping on the scales holding the Irish flag.

Byrne recently suggested that Galway boxer McDonagh was a fake Irish having spent a lot of his life in England.

McDonagh made the 147 lbs welterweight limit but the same couldn’t be said for Crumlin man Byrne who was slightly over the mark.

Then the highlight of the event at the National Stadium occurred. Both fighters were brought together for a head to head and the tension between them could be detected anywhere in the building.

The pair talked to each-other and both pushed forward with their heads. It didn’t come to blows as both were separated but on Saturday night nobody will be there to restrain them.


Michael Sweeney and Ian Tims made weight at the Cruiserweight 200 lbs division.

Ian ‘The Tank’ Tims was so confident of not being over the limit that he wore runners and tracksuit bottoms as he stepped on the scales.

During their face off both competitors looked stern and ready to exchange shots on Saturday. There was no trouble between them.

Sweeney told FightstorePROi this morning that he respected Tims and that their rivalry wasn’t personal.


Added into the mix was some light entertainment also. Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Tuner’s opponent wasn’t at the Stadium, but that didn’t prevent the Dubliner from having a face off.

Brave Olympian Paddy Barnes stepped up to square off with his heavyweight pal Turner.

Thankfully it was only for fun because a light-flyweight fighting a heavyweight probably wouldn’t end well.


Jamie Conlan, along with the other MGM fighters, all made weight.

Speaking to FightstorePROi outside the Stadium super-flyweight Jamie Conlan confirmed that he was straight off to get some food with his brother.

Earlier in the day the Belfast man said that it will be a relief to get the weigh in concluded so he can relax.

Conlan told FightstorePROi that from now until the fight he won’t even think about boxing as it wastes nervous energy.

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You can watch the ‘Second Coming’ show this Saturday on BoxNation. Also featuring on the bill are Declan Geraghty, Jamie Kavanagh, Jamie Cox, Vijender Singh, David Magurie, Ciaran Mullen and Ciaran McVarnock.

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‘Second Coming’ Weigh-In: Intense Peter McDonagh and Dean Byrne face off

Jamie Conlan tells FightstorePROi: “Growing up I liked Arturo Gatti, every fight was exciting”

Jamie ‘The Mexican’ Conlan spoke with FightstorePROi this morning from his hotel and the Belfast man is ready for an “explosive” display over Adrian Dimas Garzon.

Following his war with Junior Granados it was no surprise when Conlan said that growing up he looked up to Arturo Gatti, the ultimate warrior.


After his fight on Saturday, what’s the first emotion that will arise for Conlan?

“The first thing after a fight is relief, no matter the result. People don’t realise that,” Conlan said.

“It’s not like football players, its 12 weeks of stress preparing. You can’t eat certain foods and you’re not living a normal life.

“We have one night to perform and look good whereas footballers have every week to impress. It doesn’t matter if we look good for 12 weeks, you’re only judged on that one night.”


Conlan told FightstorePROi that he was disappointed with his last outing but said his reputation was boosted because of it.

“I was down about the performance initially. It was below par but when I noticed the publicity, I learned I had to go through it to become a bigger name,” added Conlan.


With the fight only a day away Conlan gave some insight into how he spends his time with the bout being so close.

“I don’t even speak about boxing. My brother will come down now and we won’t even talk ten minutes about boxing. I will take it easy, watch tv and walk.

“I don’t even really speak about boxing when I get into the dressing room. There’s no point wasting nervous energy.”


Referring to his remarkable fitness in his previous contest, Conlan said: “I’ve always had stamina but at MGM it’s a different level, especially strength and conditioning. I’ve learnt so much about nutrition.”


The morning of his battle with Junior Granados, Conlan couldn’t get full and ended up over eating. He is sure that it will be a different story tomorrow.

“My conditioning coach stayed in Marbella but he’s here now and has everything prepared. Last time, I’ve never done it before, but I had porridge, then a full Irish and another porridge.

“Then I brought the croissants with the chocolate in them up to my room. I couldn’t move for the rest of the day. I don’t know why I did it, I just couldn’t get full.”


The undefeated Conlan, who is the WBO Intercontinental super-flyweight champion, believes 2016 will be the year he wins a world title.

He also said that he doesn’t care that his English rival Paul Butler will be doing commentary and revealed that he has no interest in hearing what Butler says on the night.

You can watch Jamie Conlan’s latest pro fight live on BoxNation on Saturday night.