He’s been boxing since he was nine years old but Eunan Devenney will never have put in a marathon session with the gloves on as he did during his world record breaking feat completed at the weekend.
The 43 year old Stranorlar man pounded a punch bag for a total of forty-five hours and five minutes to claim a distinguished place in the Guinness Book of Records.
“I always wanted to do something unique,” said the popular Twin Towns native. And unique is what it was - his remarkable feat commencing last Thursday morning at 10.a.m. and finishing on Saturday. Five minute breaks were allowed every hour but those apart this was truly a marathon that tested the endurance of the human resolve.
The Stranorlar man revealed that he’d heard that another punch bagger with designs on the world record had completed his attempt of 39 hours just as he, Eunan, was starting.
But forty-five hours and four minutes later that record had been broken and the former champion featherweight boxer was able to remove his gloves and hail a magnificent achievement.
Admitting to have hit the equivalent of the marathon wall at times, he paid tribute to his backroom team who kept him going. “The boys got me through it...it was very difficult at times,” he revealed.
“It’s fantastic to have done it. I really enjoyed it,” he told Highland Radio’s Shaun Doherty Show.
Eunan went on to acknowledge the debt he owed to the Twin Towns Boxing Club and their coaches. “They really looked after me,” he said, adding tributes to the community as a whole for their support and from those outside it who had travelled to offer their encouragement during his attempt. The fund of good public will aided his effort, he indicated.
This was no self-generating achievement, however. For the money raised will go to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children and for the Twin Towns Boxing Club.
And if you haven’t already contributed there’ll be opportunities to do so with Eunan and his team venturing on to the streets to collect some money for the causes.