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On This Day: September 7th

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1991: David Boy McAuley successfully defended his IBF flyweight title for the fight and final time. The Larne puncher knocked out South African Baby Jake Matlala at the Mayfield Leisure Centre in Belfast with a huge right in the tenth round. 4’10” Matlala won the WBO belt two years later and is the shortest ever World champion. The popular African passed away in 2013 at the age of 51

McAuley would lose his belt the following Summer in Spain, succumbing to former opponent Rodolfo Blanco.

Watch the stoppage below:

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