DONEGAL BOXING BOARD PRESIDENT PETER O’DONNELL believes that the sport in the county is ‘getting better and better’.
The Raphoe man, Donegal’s ‘Mr Boxing’, has enjoyed another successful year in the role and has seen sixteen Donegal boxers win national titles.
“Donegal boxing is on a real high and it seems to be getting better and better,” he told Donegal Sport Hub.
“We had a champion at every level bar senior this year so it’s been a great year all around.”
O’Donnell was speaking in St Johnston on Monday night at a function to mark the homecoming of Brett McGinty from the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, where he won a silver medal in the 69kgs class.
Picture caption: Peter O’Donnell (second right) with Paul O’Donnell, Gary McCullagh (both Raphoe ABC) and Dominic McCafferty (Convoy ABC) alongside Commonwealth Youth Games silver medalist Brett McGinty.
McGinty boxes out of the Oakleaf ABC in Derry, but will be a guest of honour on Saturday night at the Donegal Boxing Board’s annual awards dinner.
Two new awards have been added to the awards list this year: The Jim White Memorial Plaque will be given to the best junior boxer, with the Johnny McDaid Memorial Cup going to the best overall female boxer.
Also to be presented on the night will be the Jimmy Murphy Cup to the best club, the Dr Denis McLaughlin Cup to the best youth boxer and the John McLaughlin Memorial Cup to the best intermediate boxer.
Dinner will be served at 8pm and tickets are available from the clubs or from County Board officers.
Listen to the full interview below …