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On This Day: August 4th

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1932: Jimmy McLarnin was defeated on a split decision by the recently dethroned World welterweight champion Lou Brouillard at the Yankee Stadium in New York. The County Down boxer, considered by many to be Ireland’s greatest ever, would rebound from this loss and claim the World title himself less than a year later.

1911: Petty Officer Matthew Curran defended his Commonwealth heavyweight title in Plymouth. The Kilkee fighter defeated another Irishman, Herbert Sinnott, to keep his belt at the Cosmopolitan Gymnasium, with the Australian-based Sinnott suffering a broken arm and being knocked out in the third.

2008: Bray BC’s Debbie Rogers defeated Portuguese flyweight Sandra Silva (10-6) to guarantee herself a bronze at the EU Championships in Liverpool. Rogers would lose in the semi finals to Frenchwoman Virginie Nave (0-10).

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