The Final Bell: Our Biggest Stories of the Week

A look back at the biggest stories on of the last seven days.

#10: With Euro 2016 ongoing, Northern Ireland’s win over Ukraine was a moving moment for ‘The Jackal.’

#9: One of Ireland’s hottest prospects, James McGivern showed positivity and maturity beyond his years after a dubious loss at the European Youth Championships.

#8: On Friday evening we broke the news that Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, and Eamonn O’Kane sparring partner, Sean McGlinchey is to turn professional.

#7: From last week, Carl Frampton’s cross-channel trip to France to support Northern Ireland against Poland continued to be a massive hit among ‘The Jackal Army.’

#6: There was a shock on Sunday evening when the fancied Dean Walsh saw his quest to qualify for the Olympics in Rio dashed by Bulgaria Smetov Ismetov.

#5: Dubliner Jay Byrne will face a one of the toughest debut opponents in recent memory next weekend on the FS Promotions card at the National Stadium, and details of the match-up certainly got Irish boxing fans talking.

#4: We created some intense debate on Tuesday when we published our list of Ireland’s 5 Most Fan-Friendly Fighters

#3: Steven Donnelly really got people talking this week when he took the Low Blows challenge, and plenty of his fellow fighters were in the firing line.

#2: Newry’s rising middleweight hope Conor Wallace gave a good account of himself on Wednesday when he put UFC behemoth Conor McGregor through his paces at the Straight Blast Gym

#1: And the biggest story of the week relates to Belfast megastar Carl Frampton. While in Nice at the Northern Ireland-Poland game, ‘The Jackal’ mingled with fans and raised the roof when he gave one supporter’s drum a few good thumps

Joe O'Neill

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