Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

McMahon to fight McCrory for top Ulster job

Pat McCrory’s long reign as president of the Ulster Council is coming under severe threat from rival Paul McMahon.

At the Antrim Board meeting on Tuesday night McMahon polled 14 votes to McCrory’s 10, thereby receiving the Board’s nomination. At the same meeting Sadie Duffy was nominated for secretary, defeating incumbent Anne Murphy by 15 votes to nine.

McMahon, who has been to the last two Commonwealth Games, believes the time has come for change and on August 22 at the Ulster Council the vote will be taken.

McMahon said: “I believe this is the time for me to go for the top job. I’ve grown up in boxing and I feel that Pat has been a good president but with his world body commitments we now need a change.

“I would look to make changes. We have to build a better relationship with Dublin and the High Performance Unit.

“When it first started there were a lot of people unhappy but it has proved very successful and Ulster boxers need to have the benefit of that.”

McCrory, who has previously fended off challenges from Billy McKee, Gerry Storey and Eugene Duffy, believes he will prevail once again.

“When I went into the Antrim Board meeting I thought I would just get five votes and I got ten so I’m not too worried,” said McCrory.

“I believe that people will know what is best for boxing and vote accordingly. They may not always agree with me but they know what’s best.

“I’ve had challenges before and lost the Antrim vote before and I still came through.”