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Big hit: Boxing legend Paddy Fitzsimmons at the Dockers club in Belfast

Big hit: Boxing legend Paddy Fitzsimmons at the Dockers club in Belfast

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Big hit: Boxing legend Paddy Fitzsimmons

Big hit: Boxing legend Paddy Fitzsimmons

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Ulster and Irish champion Noel Monteith shows off the skills he learned in the Dockers Club

Ulster and Irish champion Noel Monteith shows off the skills he learned in the Dockers Club

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Big hit: Boxing legend Paddy Fitzsimmons at the Dockers club in Belfast

Red-faced and veins about to explode out of his neck, Paddy Fitzsimmons could hardly believe he was being ordered out of his own club - and on semi-finals night of the Ulster Senior Championships.

International referee Sadie Duffy had heard enough from the passionate cornerman whose desire to inspire and guide young boxers is undiminished since that night 20 years ago.

At 77, Paddy may have handed over the head coach reins at the Dockers Club to long-time lieutenant Mickey Kelly, along with Michael McAllister, Gerard McGivern and Ray McCrea, but he nevertheless remains the guiding light.


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