Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

We're punching above our weight on world stage

Northern Ireland is the Cuba of the Commonwealth Games, with its boxers dominating their respective divisions and picking up a guaranteed clutch of medals. Only the colour of the gongs has yet to be decided. That is a monumental effort by the male and female pugilists who have shown themselves to be world class.

Boxing is a brutal sport in many respects, but it is also character forming. Great credit must go to those who run the province's amateur boxing clubs, mostly situated in working class areas. These coaches give young men and women a purpose in life they might not otherwise have found, instil discipline in them and hone their talent until they are able to take on the world. These coaches also deserve a medal for their work.

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