On This Day: August 8th

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1992: Michael Carruth won Ireland’s first, and currently only, men’s boxing Olympic gold medal. The Drimnagh boxer shocked Cuban favourite Juan Hernandez Sierra 13:10 in the decider in Barcelona. En-route to the welterweight final Carruth had beaten Samoan Maselino Tuifao (11:2), German Andreas Otto (35:22), and Thai fighter Arkom Chenglai (11:4).

2012: Paddy Barnes defeated Indian Laishram Devender Singh (23:18) to guarantee a historic second bronze medal at the Olympic Games. The Belfast light flyweight had beaten Cameroonian Thomas Essomba (15:10) in the previous round but would lose out in the semis to old foe Zou Shiming on an agonising countback after the bout ended level at 15:15.

2008: Katie Taylor strolled to gold, her first, at the EU Championships in Liverpool, outpointing Frenchwoman Cindy Orain 10-0 in the final following a first round stoppage win over Pole Sandra Kruk in the semis.

1966: Lisburn lightweight Sammy Lockhart defeated Indian G.Rajan to secure a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. In the semis Lockhart lost to Nigerian eventual gold medalist Anthony Andeh on a tight split decision.

Welterweight William Duncan outpointed a Scotland’s Tony McLeod, lost to South African Richard Barton, and beat Canadian Irving Pease in the bronze medal bout at the British Emire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in London.

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