‘I do get to enjoy it’: Martin Horgan’s long-time vision to bring boxing back to Cork
Respected Muay Thai promoter Martin Horgan knows just how special a boxing fight night in Cork can be.
Martin was Leeside along with thousands of spectators when Steve Collins fought and beat Chris Eubank twice in 1995.
“It was an amazing experience,” Martin, whose enthusiasm for combat is palpable, told Fightstore Media.
“I’ve always been a fan of boxing. The who’s who of the country were ringside and Eubank was such a massive name in the 90s.
“Collins really got into his head and did the talking – way before the McGregor era.
“The atmosphere was incredible.”
Being in the Rebel County crowd both times inspired Martin to forge his own name in combat sports, and two decades later sees him as Ireland’s leading Muay Thai promoter.
His Thai shows in the Neptune Stadium, or the “Lumpinee of Cork” as he jokingly called it, will go down in Irish combat folklore.
Fighters and fans were quick to applaud his latest announcement on social media – Cork’s first boxing night in 10 years on July 20, Leeside Revolution.
The unprecedented night at the Neptune will kick off with Muay Thai action before the boxing show begins.
Cork’s Noel Murphy, who fights professionally out of America, will headline the card.
Martin predicts Murphy will be a future world champion and said he first envisaged organising a boxing show back in 2011.
Fightstore Media asked Martin how much he gets to enjoy his own fight nights, considering he’s running the show and cornering his Siam Warriors fighters at the same time.
“I do get to enjoy it,” Martin said without too much hesitation. “Obviously it would be easier to run without having my own fighters, but that’s not the way it is.
“I love the big fights and obviously there is pressure on me to deliver and get everything running smoothly.
“We have people watching from the UK and Europe and even Thailand when the Thai’s are on. But to answer your question I do enjoy the night.”
Martin promised fans that two high profile Muay Thai bouts will soon be announced for the show.
“Cork has such an appreciation for Thai boxing,” Martin added. “They react to all the Thai events and fans cheer on every knee.
“We have had some incredible domestic fights from the likes of Ryan Sheehan and Sean Clancy.”
Martin hopes we won’t be waiting another 10 years before the next boxing show punches its way to Cork.
Big time boxing is returning to Cork on the same night as our Muay Thai warriors resume battle – and Fightstore Media is the place to be for all the build-up and exclusive interviews.