In a lovely gesture, Matchroom Boxing have made a big donation to one of the most successful boxing clubs in Belfast.
At this afternoon’s weigh-in for Ryan Burnett’s IBF bantamweight world title challenge, Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn would present the Holy Family boxing club with a cheque for £5,000. Irish boxing legend Gerry Storey Sr was in attendance to collect the donation.
Burnett boxed at the club as an amateur, winning Youth Olympic gold and World Youth silver in 2010. Burnett is one of many to have come through at the North Belfast alongside the likes of Paddy Barnes, Tyrone McCullagh, the Walsh siblings Michaela and Aidan, and another Irish boxing legend in Hugh Russell among many, many others.
The donation was part of a new scheme from the Matchroom Boxing Foundation. Since the start of last year Eastside ABC Birmingham, Golden Gloves ABC Liverpool, Barn ABC Coatbridge, and St John’s ABC Chorlton have also been given similar donations.
The Burnett-Haskins undercard also features an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims, Feargal McCrory v Paul Holt, James Tennyson v Ryan Doyle, Paul Hyland v Adam Dingsdale and appearances from Padraig McCrory, Paddy Gallagher, Sean Magee, and Tyrone McCullagh, as well as the return of Mike Perez.
Tickets for ‘Belfast Boy’ on June 10th at the SSE Odyssey Arena cost £30, £40, £60, £100, and £150 (VIP), and can be bought HERE.
LISTEN: Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill speak to Luke Keeler and Paddy Barnes on Episode 6 of The Irish Boxing Show: