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28 Sept 2022

Charlie Nash, Jude Gallagher to guest at Donegal boxing awards night

Charlie Nash, Jude Gallagher to guest at Donegal boxing awards night

Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jude Gallagher with Peter O'Donnell, the County Donegal Boxing Board President.

Former European champion Charlie Nash and recently-crowned Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jude Gallagher will be the special guests this weekend at the County Donegal Boxing Board’s annual awards night.

Nash and Gallagher will be the headline acts at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey.

The County Donegal Boxing Board will honour its award winners from the season just gone.

Among those to be honoured will be Letterkenny Boxing Club’s Paddy McShane, who took the Irish Elite flyweight title in October 2021.

Irish Third Level champions Bryan McNamee and Matthew McCole, Girl 1 champion Rachel Harron and Boy 2 kingpin Conan Kearney will also be included on the honours list.

A total of 32 awards will be presented on the night with Nash and Gallagher making the presentations.

Legendary Derry lightweight Nash held British and European titles after turning pro in the wake of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where he boxed for Ireland.

Nash lost out to Jim Watt for the world lightweight title at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow in March 1980. The Creggan man retired with a pro record of 25-5, 9KOs.

‘Tyrone Tornado’ Gallagher won the featherweight gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

In the lead-up to the Games Gallagher, from the Two Castles Boxing Club in Newtownstewart, regularly sharpened his tools at Raphoe Boxing Club.

After an opening win over Zweli Dlamini of Swaziland in his opening bout, Gallagher went up against Birmingham native and English favourite Niall Farrell.

Canadian Keoma-Ali Al-Ahmadieh and Joseph Commey from Ghana withdrew from the subsequent bouts, meaning Gallagher won gold.

Saturday’s function gets underway at 8pm sharp with music on the night by Clonmany’s ‘Heavy Hitters’. Tickets are on sale from any member of the county’s 14 boxing clubs, at hotel reception or Peter O’Donnell at 087-7703116

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