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Clare boxer wins pro debut of year award

SHANNON boxer David Ryan took away the irish-boxing.com Debut of the Year award in Dublin on Thursday night. David was back to work at Morrissey’s butchers in the Town Centre the following morning, and said he was delighted to get the honour and had a fair idea his name would be the one called out. “The guy running the show told me to make sure to be there, I kind of knew then! “It was a fantastic night. I’d have preferred if it wasn’t a Thursday night or the week before a fight, but it was a good night. There were a lot of other boxers there, a lot of other people nominated as well, so it was good to come out on top.” While David couldn’t indulge given his upcoming fight, there were lots of other people in the same boat at the awards ceremony. “99% of the people there were boxers, so everyone was not drinking, not eating …

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Paddy Donovan – ‘I was depressed, I was down, but I regrouped’

THREE years after turning professional, almost everything has gone to plan in boxing terms for Paddy Donovan. In the ring it has been victory after victory to date, but outside of it he has known loss and sadness that have sapped him far more than any of the opponents in the squared circle. Two heart breaking tragedies struck the young Ennis fighter last year, as he lost an uncle and a cousin to suicide within a few months of each other. It made 2021 a desperately sad and dark year for Donovan, but as 2022 comes to a close he says he has recovered and consolidated, and he plans to record the tenth victory of his still fledgling professional career on Saturday in Belfast. Twenty three years of age and unbeaten, Donovan is one of the brightest prospects in Irish boxing. After a glittering amateur career, he was courted by several of the biggest promoters in the world, before going …

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Clare boxer looks to extend rich vein of form in Poland

Ennistymon boxer Louis Griffin is set to travel to Poland to compete against fighters from across Europe in the Carpathian Cup which takes place this weekend. The Kilfenora Boxing Club member is part of a seven-strong team sent by Munster Boxing Council to fight in Przemyśl. There will be fighters competing from countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The young fighter has shown a rich vein of form in recent times. He claimed gold at the Eger Box Cup in Hungary last month. Griffin progressed through to the semi final stage where he downed a dangerous Hungarian fighter to progress through to the decider before receiving a walkover. He has shown his talent domestically also in recent times. The Ennistymon man struck gold once more when he won the Wexford Box Cup recently. Meanwhile, in March, Griffin became a national champion as he secured gold in the 52KG weight division. He stopped his quarter final opponent inside …

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Gort fighter set for world youth final, as Clare’s Jim wins bronze

BOXERS from Ennis and Gort have won medals at the World Youth Boxing Championships in Spain this week. Gort boxer Cliona D’Arcy defeated her Polish opponent in the semi finals of the 81kg+ category on Wednesday evening, advancing to the gold medal bout on Saturday Earlier this year she was the winner of a gold medal at the European Youth Championships. On Wednesday afternoon Ennis boxer Jim Donovan came up just short in his semi final, losing out on a 3-2 split decision to his Kazakh opponent. Donovan was clearly devastated as the result was announced, as he fell to his knees in the ring and punched the canvas. Speaking to the Clare Champion afterwards Martin Donovan, Jim’s uncle and trainer, said that while he had come up short, the Ennis fighter has achieved a lot in recent days. “I’m a bit disappointed today but it’s great that he’s coming home with a world medal.” He felt that Jim had …

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Clare boxer’s pro debut in Belfast will be shown on TG4

CLARE boxer David Ryan is set to make his professional debut on November 19 in Belfast, in a fight that will be shown on TG4.  Speaking this week he said he was delighted that the fight has been made. “I was actually meant to fight the week before in Glasgow, but I got offered this one. My manager decided to go for this instead, it’s better exposure and it’ll build my profile a bit more.” As of yet his opponent hasn’t been finalised with David telling the Champion that a few contracts had been sent out with the expectation that someone will sign this week. Does that make it harder to prepare? “Ah, you just go in and do your thing, don’t care what they do. That’s all you can do.” The bill on which he fights will be headlined by two Celtic title fights, featuring Belfast fighters.  David says that training has been very intense, and the fact a …

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