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Low Blows: ‘The Rook’ Ruairi Dalton

We have a very special Low Blows this week here at

Since beginning this feature last year we have had constant requests for Belfast’s Ruairi Dalton to take the challenge and this week the St James’s man is finally in the hotseat.

Now living in New York, ‘The Rook’ was as hilarious as expected.

Q: Hardest Trainer?
A: That has to go to Mark O’Hara, he was a gym rat and always gave 100% to what he did!

Biggest Moaner?
A: Poddy McCrory. He hated to train and he has bags of ability!

Q: Funniest?
A: I’ve been around a lot of funny boxers, but Sean McComb I’ll give that to. He should have been a comedian!

Q: Biggest Ladies’ Man?
A: I’ll give that one to Dee Waldo Walsh. He’s got the looks alright. When he was single he had the women falling at him but he’s now a changed man!

Q: Most Intelligent?
A: Mark O’Hara. He has more A-Levels than I’ve had fights, and that’s a lot!

Q: Least Intelligent?
A: I’ll give that one to myself. I’m not the brightest but I can sure turn a penny into a pound!

Q: Hardest Puncher?
A: Conor Ahern. He hit me that hard that, even when I think about it, it still hurts!

Q: Most Naturally Talented?
A: Anto Cacace. People trained all season to win titles, he used to train two weeks and win them!

Q: Cheapest?
A: Connor Coyle. I got in his car and, before he even drove, he was asking me for petrol money. Them Derry boys wouldn’t spend Christmas!

Q: Worst Dancer?
A: We’re all as bad as each other on the dancefloor!

Q: Worst Dress Sense?
A: I’ll leave this one out. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings!

Q: Biggest Messer?
Paddy Barnes, Steven Donnelly, and Sean McComb. I wouldn’t fall asleep when they’re around. You would be f*cked and have nothing left!

Joe O'Neill

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