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County Antrim Boxing proudly present

International Elite Amateur Boxing

Supported by


BoxBelfast2012 will showcase the best of County Antrim Boxing against Elite teams from Cyprus, Greece, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia and England in two day box-fest over Fri and Sat, 4th and 5th May 2012 in the Shankill Leisure Centre.

Medical inspection will be conducted by Dr JE Donnelly and his team on Fri 4th May at 7am in Dury's Hotel Belfast. Weigh-in and the draw will take place after medicals.

Two preliminary semi final sessions, on Friday 4th and finals Sat 5th, will decide the tournament winners:

  • 1st Session - Friday 4th May from 2pm - admission £5
  • 2nd Session - Friday 4th May from 7pm - admission £5
  • Finals - Saturday 5th May 2pm - admission £5


BoxBelfast2012 International Amateur Boxing

This weekend, County Antrim will host six international boxing teams for the prestigious BoxBelfast2012 tournament, which gloves off today with two sessions of preliminary bouts, at the Shankill Leisure Centre. The Belfast City Council supported event is in its second year with visiting international teams from Greece, Catalonia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus and London competing against Antrim.

Lining up for the Antrim team are:

  • male


    • TJ Waite from Cairn Lodge at Lightfly

    • Rauiri Dalton Bantam and

    • Sean McComb Lightweight from Holy Trinity

    • Vincent Esler All Saints at Lightwelter

    • Michael Smyth Cairnlodge at Welter and

    • Middleweight Matthew Neill from Monkstown.

    At the heavier weights we have

    • Damian Ramsey Ligoniel at Lightheavy

    • William Close Abbey at Heavyweight and at

    • Superheavyweight it’s the towering 6ft 7 Colm McCabe from Ligoniel.


  • female
    • Louise Welsh Holy Trinity
    • Michaela Walsh Holy Family

All boxers have had an early weighin and medical, conducted by our Medical Officer Dr Sean Donnelly and will require further medical before Saturday’s finals.

Top class boxing today and tomorrow at the Shankill Leisure Centre – not to be missed - £5 for adults/£3 for kids…







From BoxBelfast2011

County Antrim Boxing produced all 5 of the boxing medals (3 Gold and 2 Silver), which was 50% of the Northern Ireland medal haul, at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

To celebrate this magnificent achievement we plan to have the Northern Ireland Elite Boxing Team competing against top class European opposition as both a showcase for Ireland’s most successful sport and to mark the 10th anniversary of Belfast hosting the AIBA World Boxing Championships back in 2001.

We aim to make this Box Belfast an annual event on the European Elite Amateur Boxing calendar and thus participate in the national development before the London Olympics and as a legacy event to maximise competitor participation and audience attendance.

With the 5 Commonwealth Medalists in action and the potential to act as an Olympic qualifier for local boxers the potential is there with the right professional support to make the event a huge success.

Three of the 5 Delhi medal winners hail from West Belfast so this inaugural event will take place there (Emerald Roadhouse, Finaghy Road North - old Devenish Arms) to maximise attendance, with Ballysillan hosting the following year before the London Olympics and thereafter depending on level of success.



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