Chris Scuvie will make his professional boxing debut this Saturday in Drimnagh. The Silent Assassin will be hoping to translate a highlight reel of KOs in the amateurs into pro success, starting with the big ‘Celtic Clash 5’ card in Dublin. The popular fight series promoted by Boxing Ireland and Tony Davitt rolls around to Drimnagh and the Good Counsel GAA club on Saturday March 24th and the debut of Scuvie is attracting a lot of excitement.
Not that the shy fighter will admit it, but the big-punching Scuvie has built himself a reputation around clubs across the country for his ferocious raw power. The 26 year old has plenty of knockouts to his name and that old boxing cliché certainly applies – he doesn’t just knock opponents out, he puts them to sleep.
Originally from the equatorial city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Scuvie has lived in Ireland since his childhood, originally settling in Mayo before ending up in Blanchardstown where he resides today. The African’s talent for fighting was quickly noticed and he outlined how “I started boxing in Castlebar Boxing Club in 2006. I won a Connacht title then I moved to St Saviours in Dublin.”
“I stopped boxing for a while then I moved to Dunboyne and won two Leinster titles and an all-Ireland Novice title. I joined Crumlin then and reached the Intermediate final and won some other stuff,” he nonchalantly adds. A man of few words, Scuvie is a cool customer, taking everything in his stride.
Quiet outside the ring, Scuvie’s aggressive, attacking style inside it brought him to the attention of Boxing Ireland and veteran trainer Davitt, and the big puncher put pen to paper on a pro deal over the Christmas holidays.
It was a no-brainer for a fighter who had previously tested the waters on the semi-professional circuit. Scuvie outlines how “I just want to give the pro game a go and see how I get on. I think I am more suited to the pros – well that’s what all the amateur coaches have said, that I have a pro style.”
The card in D12 is headlined by a rematch of a 2017 Irish Fight of the Year contender, with Youghal’s Colin O’Donovan and Sallynoggin slugger Stephen McAfee set to go for war over eight-rounds for the BUI Celtic super featherweight title. This fight is predicted to be another all-out war. By comparison, Scuvie’s debut four rounder is not expected to see the final bell.
“I don’t know about that!” laughs the modest Scuvie.
“People can check that out for themselves. I think I have power, but we will have to see. Hopefully, I will bring knockouts for the fans. First I want to get fit and keep busy. I want to be one hundred percent fit for my debut and then fight at least once a month.”
The opponents and fight dates are being lined up, starting on March 24th, and Scuvie is raring to go having been in training since the start of the year. When he does eventually take to the ring, make sure not to blink!
Also featuring on the ‘Celtic Clash 5’ undercard alongside Scuvie will be Ballybrack lightweight Niall O’Connor, Smithfield welterweight Keane McMahon, Crumlin lightweight Martin Quinn, and another debutant in Crumlin-based Cavan middleweight Owen Duffy.
Tickets for the fight night are priced at €55 (ringside) and €35 (unreserved) and are available from the boxers involved. Chris Scuvie can be contacted at 085 781 3032.