An auction on Saturday will feature mementos of a local world-record boxing triumph as well as international achievements in the sport.
Olympic boxer Kenny Egan will be in Ballybofey on Saturday to take part in a charity auction intended to carry on Eunan Devenney’s record-setting efforts earlier this year: The silver medallist is donating an autographed training glove and photographs from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the auction.
An auction of mementos from Eunan’s staggering effort last month, along with other boxing-related memorabilia, will be auctioned at 8 pm on Saturday, June 25, at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey. Last month, when Eunan punched a punching bag for more than 45 hours straight, smashing the world record, he raised money for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and the Twin Towns Boxing Club. Saturday’s auction will benefit the same charities.
Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan, “the Clones Cyclone”, is also donating an autographed copy of his new book on his boxing career to the auction.
People have already expressed interest in the clocks that were used to record Eunan’s four-day marathon, said Andy McMenamin, an auction promoter.
In addition to his training glove, Kenny Egan is also bringing photographs that were taken of the final Olympics bout in 2008 and the subsequent presentation of the silver medal.
Eunan claimed the record for the second time last month. Ten years ago he had set what was then the world’s record by punching a punching bag for 24 hours straight. That record had been broken most recently in 2004 by California-based stuntman Ron Sarchian, who finished with a time of more than 36 hours.
But Eunan took back the record last month with a commanding performance, when he punched the punching bag consecutively for 45 hours and four minutes.
Also on Saturday there will be a screening of some of the footage taken during Eunan’s world-record marathon, “to give people a flavour of what went into it all”, said Alan.