BOXING: CHESTER ABC have landed an invitation they can't refuse from one of Ireland's most famous clubs, writes Paul Hassall.
Irish eyes were smiling when the Chester club's boxers proved a knockout at their show at the Chester Moat House Hotel.
Officials from the Golden Cobra Club were so impressed by the standard of the performance that they have challenged members of the Hoolebased club to take part in a show at the National Stadium in Dublin in September.
The Golden Cobra Club has been the starting point for some of Ireland's top amateur boxers, and chief coach Paddy Hyland is keen for his boxers to take on Chester's finest.
He has also expressed a desire to bring some of his most talented fighters across the Irish Sea for a return bout in December.
The fights will provide a significant boost for the profile of the Chester club and is the result of the efforts of Tommy Dix, a committee member at Chester ABC who has sought to develop links between the clubs.
Heavy Hitters' coach Steve Goodwin was pleased with the news and said: 'It's fantastic, we're really proud to have received the invitation from probably the best club in Ireland.
'It's all come about thanks to Tommy, who has some contacts over there.
'We're now in the process of matching fighters because they have some very experienced boys over there, so we have to be able to make sure our lads have a chance.
'Hopefully we can put on a good show and provide a decent fight.'
Chester ABC are planning to take at least 11 fighters aged from 13-18 to face members of the Golden Cobra Club in what could prove to be a significant opportunity for those that can rise to the occasion on a larger stage.
The club's links with Ireland look like being developed further as another Irish club, Corinthians ABC, have been in contact regarding the possibility of Chester joining forces with them to box in their team when they come to box in England in the future.