John Rooney Jr looks to hold shows at new Belfast gym

Paddy Gallagher
Paddy Gallagher

JOHN Rooney Jr is looking to run a Pro-am event at his new gym in the centre of Belfast.

Rooney’s Gym opened in Queen Street in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day and Rooney Jr says he has big ideas for the venture.

“The gym has a room that can hold a ring and 400 seats and I am looking to hold a pro-am event in the coming months.

“I will have Paddy Gallagher, James Fryers and Alfredo Meli fighting on the bill and we will also have a few amateur fights on the night,” he added.

Gallagher has been out of action after injuring his hand against Andrew Patterson in his last outing and Rooney Jr says he will not rush Gallagher back into action.

“He broke his hand and he got word this week that he could start punching again.

“But I won’t rush him back.We will get his weight down and his fitness back - but we will not rush him.

“Paddy has got off to a good start as a professional and we will be looking to build on that this year.

“We are also holding the finals of the County Antrim’s at the gym and we will also be holding MMA events and white collar boxing nights.

“The gym also offers mens, womens and mixed boxing classes, training sessions with professional boxers, gym hire for corporate events or simply to train on a day to day basis,” he added.

Meanwhile the full card for the bill at St Kevin’s Hall in Belfast on April 27 has been released.

James Tennyson will headline the bill as he takes on Mickey Coveney for the Irish featherweight title. It should be a good scrap between Tennyson and veteran Coveney.

Conall Carmichael, Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane, Matthew Wilton, Iain Butcher, Stevie Quinn Jr Willie Mitchell and Declan Trainor will also all feature.