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Harrowgate Boxing Club vs. Holy Family Boxing Club
Druding – STOREY AND HIS BELFAST BOXERS FIGHT FOR PEACE
Even amid the worst sectarian violence, a small boxing club in Belfast, Northern Ireland has been an oasis of peace. The boxing gym has stood as a lone heaven from the bombs and the bullets that dominated the streets outside. Four time Irish Olympic Boxing Coach Gerry Storey, has spent a lifetime uniting kids on different sides of Belfast’s pernicious religious divide, ironically – through fighting. Storey is head coach of Belfast’s Holy Family Boxing Club and his worked has helped to bridge the sectarian divide in Belfast, as he trains both Catholics and Protestants. In a troubled treacherous area, where you once couldn’t walk down certain streets if you had the wrong religion, Storey created a little sanctuary. Ireland’s most famous boxer, former Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan says Storey not only teaches his kids boxing, but gives them an education in life. Many kids who came to Gerry could have been potential terrorists. But Gerry has been able to channel their aggression in a very positive way, by using their fists in the ring rather than firearms out of it.
Storey’s good work has not gone unnoticed. He has been honored by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, was the first Irish sportsperson to win the “Sport for Good” award at the Laureus World Sports Awards, and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Storey will bring his boxing club to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete against Philadelphia’s famed Harrowgate Boxing Club on Thursday, September 18, 2008. The international boxing club show will kick off Wildwood’s annual Irish Weekend festivities. The Irish team will spend the week prior to the fights in Philadelphia putting the finishing touches on their fight preparations and will receive an official welcoming in South Philadelphia. The Joe Howlett, Jr. Saints New Year’s Brigade will host an welcome ceremony for the Irish boxers, complete with Mummers, Irish Bagpipers, and City dignitaries. For tickets to the fights, sponsorship opportunities, or for additional information, please call Fred Druding, Jr. at (215) 221-2374.
teamIBKsponsors was present at last night’s (9/11/2015) event. Time did not permit distributing sample drinks and shakes, but information was available to those who were interested. The nights one or two official TKO’s belonged to Holy Family Boxing Club I believe, but all fighters had a huge impact on the night’s success. Talk about a gripping night, the deadlock 4-4 tie was ended when Ireland’s FERGUS QUINN defeated Harrowgate’s RASHEED JOHNSON.
IRELAND WIN 5-4
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