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McCrory replaced as boxing chief

Published 24/08/2009

A new era for Ulster amateur boxing began on Saturday when Paul McMahon pulled off a shock victory over Pat McCrory to become president of the Ulster Council.

McCrory had been in the post for the past 21 years and despite many challenges to his position had managed to cling on to power, helping to bring the World Championships here in 2001.

McCrory, who arrived at the AGM in the INF Hall in Omagh on crutches due to a broken leg, was given 51 votes while McMahon won 63. Donegal's Sadie Duffy became the new secretary, deposing Anne Murphy.

McCrory said: “It's funny but when the result was read out I almost felt a bit of a relief. I just hope the man now delivers the job he has to. I just negotiated a £294,000 grant for boxing with Sport NI and that has to be used to bring in a business manager to organise the sport.

“It's going to be strange but I'll still be involved in boxing on a world level and as a member of Glengormley boxing club.”

New president McMahon said: “Change was needed and I'm very pleased to be elected and now I have to repay the faith the clubs have shown in me.

“More transparency is needed and that was what our campaign was all about. I want every club in Ulster to feel they have say.

“This will not be a one or a two man operation, I will be representing the Ulster Council's opinion.

“We have people now on the council who are a bit younger and who are in touch with the grass roots of the sport, who are working with boxers every night of the week.”

McMahon's first job as president was to congratulate Donegal's Jason Quigley on becoming European Youth champion at the weekend.

The championships, formerly known as the European junior championships, finished with welterweight Quigley defeating Emil Ahmadov of Azerbaijan 6-1.

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