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'Mustang' Joanne Salley puts on knockout performance in boxing ring to help raise £500k for Oscar Knox charity

By Claire McNeilly

Former Miss Northern Ireland, Joanne 'Mustang' Salley, has taken the boxing ring by storm - and helped raise more than £500,000 for charity.

Inspired by the courage of little fighter Oscar Knox, the 39-year-old Dungannon native gave a knockout performance at the Boodles Boxing Ball in London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday.

Joanne trounced her opponent Danielle 'The Grim' Raper in the 54kg weight category.

The former model, who is now a mural artist and illustrator, took to Facebook to express her gratitude for everyone's donations, after her supporters contributed more than £5,000.

She posted: "Boom! Wham bam thank you ma'am! Over £500,000 raised in total for the Cancer Research Gordon Ramsay Foundation to fight neuroblastoma.

"Thank you everybody for your support and kind donations. All the sacrifices and hard work paid off."

London-based Joanne explained she was bitten by the boxing bug while she was a teacher at Harrow Boys' School in Middlesex, south-east England, and revealed that black eyes, a bruised face and whiplash haven't put her off taking part in charity fights.

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