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Idol Darius burst to fame performing Britney Spears’ ‘Hit
Me Baby…’ so it’s no surprise to learn that the
star has been snapped up to host the Irish Kickboxing Awards in
The chart-topping sensation will jet into Belfast on March 5 for
the inaugural ceremony at Belfast’s Holiday Inn – and
he can’t wait.
“This is something I’ve been really looking forward
to,” he said today. “I love the sport – it’s
been a big party of my family as my brother is a keen kickboxer.
When I was approached, I didn’t think twice. This is the Oscars
of Irish Kickboxing and to be asked to host the ceremony is a great
honour. I would not have missed it for the world. I’m looking
forward to a brilliant night.”
Darius is familiar with some of the rising names of Irish kickboxing,
but has yet to make it to a live event over here.
“I’m told the atmosphere at the Irish shows is like
no other and I can tell you that I’ve made it a priority to
get along to one in Belfast in 2005.”
Billy Murray, the veteran kickboxer who is helping to stage the
event, is delighted to have secured the star.
“It’s great news to have Darius hosting the inaugural
Irish Kickboxing Awards,” he said. “He’s a man
who certainly stops you in your tracks when he performs and he is
perfect for the show. We’re reveal Darius co-host in the coming
days – a female television star familiar to sports fans in
Ireland – and I can tell you they are going to make a wonderful
The awards will pay tribute to the fighters, coaches, gyms and support
staff who have helped the sport grow in Ireland at such an incredible
rate over the last two years.
“It’s an acknowledgement of the people across the island
who have made Kickboxing such a powerhouse sport,” said Murray.
“It will also mark the first time that all groups and associations
involved in the sport have been honoured at a single ceremony. It’s
exciting and it’s historic and it also says much for Belfast’s
place within the sport that the first national awards ceremony will
take place in the city.”
Votes have been collated from coaches, fighters and gyms across
Ireland and the top three in each category have been short-listed.
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for the Kickboxing awards .
Tickets for the star studded event can be
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