Coleraine FC lend their support to lifelong fan as he makes professional boxing bow

A picture of Mark Kane of Coleraine FC presenting Matty Boreland with his walkout shirt
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Coleraine FC have given their backing to lifelong fan Matty Boreland as he prepares to make his professional boxing bow this Saturday night. The Churchlands Golden Gloves boxer will take on Sean Jackson at Spennymoor Leisure Centre as part of the 'New Dawn In Durham' event.

'Bam Bam' is the first professional boxer to come from Coleraine in 25 years. In April the Super Bantamweight signed a deal with Ian Gaughran Boxing to 2025, but he is determined to make a big impression in the coming months.

Boreland is a diehard supporter of his hometown club, who presented him with a special walkout shirt for Saturday night's bout. The 25-year-old's dream is to eventually bring one of his fights to Coleraine and in particular his beloved Showgrounds.

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"I said to Ian to have a fight at The Showgrounds would top it all," said Boreland," who has been training regularly with Ryan Burnett. "The support I’ve got from up and down the north coast is amazing and I couldn’t really thank them enough.

"All being well I’m going to get three professional fights in this year. Hopefully if all goes well and I re-sign with Ian I can get my name into the mix for a title fight and take it home.

“After I fought in the Letterkenny show last year, I knew right then that I wanted to sign as a professional. Ian’s going to be able to get me the big fights that are going to be close to home."

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