Hit in box­ing cir­cles

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport -

by James Mc­Carthy, Sean Kelle­her, Sean Bren­nan, Colin O’Dono­van, Nathan Kee­gan, Dy­lan Bradley, Derek Mur­ray and lo­cal favourite Pat Fitzgib­bon.

The con­test of the night saw Dar­ren Shana­han post an im­pres­sive de­ci­sion while Jamie Long scooped the Best Boxer Award.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded a group from the COPE Foun­da­tion led by staff mem­bers Brigid Siebold and Ann Bus­teed. COPE Foun­da­tion was the brain­child of the late Lord Mayor of Cork, John Ber­ming­ham.

His vi­sion en­sured a legacy to the peo­ple of Cork and to­day the COPE Foun­da­tion plays a ma­jor role in Lee­side so­ci­ety. The Lord Mayor’s com­mit­ment to health will al­ways be ac­knowl­edged in the south­ern cap­i­tal.

Ber­ming­ham was also very ac­tive in Cork box­ing cir­cles, where for many years he was sec­re­tary of the Cork County Board and the Glen BC.

Fol­low­ing the fi­nal bell at the Oriel House, Tom Mur­ray con­grat­u­lated all con­cerned and hailed the vis­i­tors from Leeds for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to a won­der­ful evening.

He also thanked the spon­sors for their sup­port and all fans who pa­tro­n­ised the oc­ca­sion.

The or­gan­is­ing on the night was di­rected by Ais­ling Mur­ray who re­ceived a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion in recog­ni­tion of her work from the Cork Rose of Tralee.

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was made to Tom Mur­ray from Cork mid­dleweight Gary Spike O’Sul­li­van. This was in recog­ni­tion of the many years Mur­ray had given as a boxer, coach and ad­min­is­tra­tor and also ac­knowl­edged his cur­rent role as an In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA) 3-star coach and prom­i­nent mem­ber of the IABA High-Per­for­mance Unit

Michael O’Brien, Pres­i­dent of the Cork board, con­grat­u­lated all on an out­stand­ing evening of sport at the Oriel House Ho­tel.

Derek Mur­ray of Muskerry BC in ac­tion against Rudi Gaffney of Leeds dur­ing the Muskerry BC show in Oriel House.

Anne Bus­teed of the Cope Foun­da­tion pre­sent­ing tro­phies to Dar­ren Shana­han of Muskerry BC and Rico Per­alta of Bur­mantoffs/Leeds fol­low­ing their en­thralling bout on the Muskerry BC card at the Oriel House Ho­tel, a bout that ul­ti­mately won the ‘Fight Of The Night’.

The Bur­mantoffs ABC /Leeds se­lec­tion that faced the Muskerry/Cork se­lec­tion in Ballincol­lig.

At­tend­ing the show and on hand to pre­sent prizes were Gary Spike O’Sul­li­van and Cork Rose Erinn O’Con­nell.

Gor­don Joyce of Sun­ny­side BC giv­ing his young boxer, Dean O’Con­nell, ad­vice in be­tween rounds at the Muskerry BC show.

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