On This Day: July 31st

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1999: Leeds-based Wexford welter Derek Roche defended his British title for the first time. Fighting Basildon’s Georgie Smith at the Sands Centre in Carlisle, ‘The Rebel’ scored a unanimous decision (117-111) victory. The New Ross-born 147lber would defend the belt once more against Scott Dixon before losing to Harry Dhami and later again to Neil Sinclair in an attempt to win the strap back.

Watch the fight in full below:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]