Sligo bare-knuckle boxer Jimmy Sweeney insists that the sport is safe, as he prepares to defend his middleweight title in Liverpool next month.

Sweeney, who goes by the nickname the ‘The Celtic Warrior’, is currently training in Bournemouth as he prepares for the fight against Canadian Ryan Ford in the Echo Arena on September 9.

And he told Niall Delaney on this morning’s North West Today programme on Ocean FM that the safety record of the bare-knuckle boxing events stands up well in comparison with other combat sports…