Boxers Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan auction off gear to help families of Eoin Hamill and Cillian Draine
Northern Ireland's biggest names in boxing have raised more than £9,000 for the families of two young boys who were buried yesterday following separate tragedies last weekend.
Carl Frampton, Michael Conlan and Ruairi Dalton - along with Padraig McCrory and Tyrone McKenna - are just some of the boxers who have auctioned or raffled off boxing gloves or shorts to help the loved ones of Eoin Hamill and Cillian Draine.
Thirteen-year-old Eoin was riding his bike when he was knocked down in west Belfast last Friday. In a separate incident in Belfast, Cillian Draine (11) died suddenly at his Salisbury Avenue home in north Belfast.
Both children were keen amateur boxers and were laid to rest following separate funeral services yesterday.
The funds raised by the boxers will go towards covering the funerals.
Frampton raised at least £3,000 by auctioning the gloves and shorts he wore at his last Vegas fight, while Conlan tweeted his thanks to Republic of Ireland footballer, James McClean who bought a signed pair of his gloves at £3,000.
Meanwhile, McCrory raffled off one of the gloves he used in his knockout of the year against Manny Bique, followed by McKenna who also donated gloves as well as a signed framed picture of him in the boxing ring during a flight.
The fundraising campaign also gained the support of Irish fighter, Katie Taylor who donated one of her signed gloves.