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1990: Dave Boy McAuley survived four trips to the canvas to retain his IBF flyweight title for a third time at the Kings Hall in Belfast against Rodolfo Blanco. McAuley took a unanimous decision points (117-113,i 115-110, 113-111) win over the Colombian, who he himself floored once. The Larne legend would always joke that he had a “cauliflower arse” from the number of times he had been knocked down during his career. Blanco would exert his revenge two years later, taking the title in Bilbao, Spain.

Watch highlights of the bout below:

1944: Dubliner Joe Boy Collins won the Irish bantamweight title with a third round knockout of fellow Dub and champion Billy Phelan at Dalymount Park. Collins would successfully defend the belt once, before losing to Bunty Doran in 1947.

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