‘The Memory Man’ Remembered – IABA to pay homage to Jimmy Magee


The IABA have found a fitting way to pay homage to the late, great Jimmy Magee.

The inaugural Jimmy Magee Perpetual Trophy for the Best Female Boxer will be presented at Saturday night’s Elite Senior finals at the National Stadium in Dublin.

RTÉ commentator Magee was an enduring compatriot of Irish boxing and a regular at the National Stadium for Elite and underage tournaments.

‘The Memory Man’ also provided the soundtrack for some of the greatest moments in Irish sport, including Michael Carruth and Katie Taylor’s Olympic gold medal wins.

Magee sadly passed away last September at the age of 82.

The famed broadcaster was always a friend of the Irish boxing and the boxing family were always grateful for his support and participation in a sport that despite its Olympic success was not always front and centre in terms of media attention.

Magee won’t provide the commentary for RTÉ as the return to Elite finals night this coming Saturday for the first time since 2013, but the Louth personality will be remembered and celebrated having had a prestigious award named after him.

IABA President Dom O’Rourke said that “it’s a sad championships this year as we haven’t got Jimmy Magee with us, but in honour of what he did for boxing we are awarding the best female boxer the Jimmy Magee Cup.”

“It’s brilliant to be able to keep Jimmy’s name involved with the association for many a year to come.”

Seven women’s finals will take place on Saturday, three of which will be shown live on RTÉ 2.

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