On This Day: August 19th

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2008: A 21 year old Paddy Barnes guaranteed bronze at the Beijing Olympics with a controlled performance against Poland’s Łukasz Maszczyk, winning 11:5 and avenging a wide (9:25) loss from the previous year in an international. The Belfast light flyweight had beaten Ecuador’s Jose Meza 14:8 in the previous round but lost 0:15 in the semis to eventual gold medalist and home favourite Zou Shiming (although this score has since been lambasted for being way too wide).

1949: Defending his Northern Irish middleweight title for the first time, Ballymoney’s Jackie Wilson was defeated over twelve by Belfast’s Freddie Webb at the Hippodrome. The pair would rematch two years late, this time with Wilson prevailing on points.

Dubliner Jim Lee scored a fourth round knockout of Ernie Brady to win the Irish bantamweight title at the Antient Concert Rooms. It was the fourth and final time Lee had faced the Newcastle-born boxer in his seven-fight career, and his third win (with one fight being a twenty-round draw).

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie