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Billy McKee's legacy will live on in Tigers Bay and beyond

David Kelly


 

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In the beginning: A young Carl Frampton, who was heading to the C’wealth Youth Games in 2004, with his coach Billy McKee, at Midland Boxing Club

In the beginning: A young Carl Frampton, who was heading to the C’wealth Youth Games in 2004, with his coach Billy McKee, at Midland Boxing Club

In the beginning: A young Carl Frampton, who was heading to the C’wealth Youth Games in 2004, with his coach Billy McKee, at Midland Boxing Club

Every so often in life you meet someone whose character you would be keen to emulate. Billy McKee was such a man.

Integrity and honesty ran through his DNA and when young men in Tigers Bay bought into it they were set on the right track for life. Billy's death at the age of 83 after a short illness has left a chasm within the boxing community and the society he served with his wisdom and genuine affection.

He will be eternally linked with the career of two-weight world champion Carl Frampton, guiding him to Ulster, Irish and international success as well as offering wise counsel during his professional days, but Billy's life in boxing runs much, much deeper.


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