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Royal Artillery Hosts Ireland's Most Successful Professional Boxer

After a busy year for 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, the chance to let off some steam in the boxing ring was a welcome one...

After a busy year for 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, the chance to let off some steam in the boxing ring was a welcome one.

However, not every regiment can say that their inter-battery boxing night was attended by the most successful Irish boxer in professional boxing history.

Steve Collins, a former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion, is more used to being in the ring but the night gave him the chance to watch high-quality bouts.

Although they ranged from welterweight up to super heavyweight, there was one fight that everybody was talking about.

The match between Gunner Sutherland and Gnr Batemen was ferocious.

It was a well-matched fight, with both boxers going toe-to-toe in the ring with battery pride at stake.

The boxers had been training together, giving them the opportunity to size up their opponents ahead of fight night

One of the other most eagerly awaited bouts of the night was the final one, a superheavyweight scrap between 17 Battery and the Workshops.

Craftsman Daw told Forces Network: "When the music comes in that when the nerves kick in and it all becomes a bit of a blur."

He won the fight with the only technical knockout of the evening.

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