Donegal boxing enjoyed a good night on Thursday night as a county select came out on top against a Boston Boxing Academy, in Letterkenny's Clanree Hotel.
Donegal won the 11-bout match by seven bouts to two, with the two ladies fights no contest bouts on an action-packed night of high quality boxing.
The Donegal winners before an almost packed auditorium were Bernie McDonagh, Dunfanaghy BC, Hugh Doherty, St Bridget’s BC, Clonmany, Matthew McCole, Dungloe BC, John Ward and Oran Shields, Letterkenny BC, Lee Boyd, Convoy BC and Mark McCole, Dungloe, BC.
There were split decision defeats for Cathal Gallagher, Twin Towns BC and Ruairí McGlinchey, Raphoe BC in two of the fights of the night.
The clash of McGlinchey and Boston’s Tom Hadden was without question, the fight of the night as McGlinchey and Hadden, like two gladiators, went blow for blow over the three two minute rounds.
McGlinchey tore into Hadden from the first bell and landed a number of solid early blows and was the clear winner of the first round. But Hadden rose to the challenge in the second and landed a few early blows to shade that round and it was blow for blow in the third right up to the final bell, with the American getting the verdict at the end.
He just about deserved it but this was a courageous and high quality display from McGlinchey.
Labhaoise Clarke, Carndonagh and Donna Barr, Twin Towns boxed Amanda Gurekki and Amanda Pavone in the two female exhibition fights.
Terry McEntee, Old School Boxing Club, Monaghan, Cillian Boyce, Letterkenny, BC, Gary Cannon, Carrigart, Paddy McGee, Carrickmore BC, Tyrone, Brian Elliott and Garbhan Friel, Ilies Golden Glove were the winners of the six supporting bouts that made up the 17-bout card.
Donegal Boxing Board president and PRO Peter O’Donnell acted as master of ceremonies, Sadie Duffy and Michael McDermott were the referees.
Jim McCole, Fergal McLaughlin, James McCarron and Pat Quinn were the judges; Martin Walsh, Belfast was the time-keeper, and Eamonn Henry, from Belfast was the medical registrar.
Donegal County Council were the main sponsors of the event and presentations were made by Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Joe McHugh, TD, Minister of State, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle. Mayor the Letterkenny Municipal District, John Hanna, Hanna Hats, PJ Halloran,Vice- President of the Ulster Boxing Board, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, chairman of Donegal County Council, and former Irish champion Paddy Doherty.
Kathleen Elliott, secretary of the Donegal Boxing County Board, thanked Peter O’Donnell for the wonderful job he had done as MC and she also thanked the boxers, coaches and officials who had all made the night a wonderful success.
The secretary also thanked Donegal County Council for supporting the event.