On This Day: July 8th

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1933: Billy Gilmore won the Irish lightweight title, defeating champion Jackie Flynn over 12 rounds in a Belfast derby at Windsor Park. Gilmore would lose the belt in his first defence to Dubliner George Kelly.

2005: Jamie Moore reclaimed his British light middleweight title in a Fight of the Year with Michael Jones in the third clash of their trilogy – with the third round being something particularly special. Moore, of Kilkenny stock, had initially won the vacant belt, along with the Commonwealth strap, in 2003 with a wide points win over Jones. Liverpudlian Jones was then handed the belts the following year following a controversial disqualification of Moore for hitting on the break in the third round. The stage was set for a rubber match, and it didn’t disappoint. Moore was floored twice in the third but showed huge guts to recover and grind down Jones, knocking him down twice in the fifth and again in the sixth, to end the bout and reclaim his titles.

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]