Dave McAuley

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Dave McAuley
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Real nameDavid Anthony McAuley
Nickname(s)Dave 'Boy' McAuley
Weight(s) Flyweight
Born (1961-06-15) 15 June 1961 (age 60)
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins18
Wins by KO8
Losses3
Draws2
No contests0

David Anthony McAuley, MBE (born 15 June 1961, Larne) is a former professional boxer from Northern Ireland who competed from 1983 to 1992. He held the IBF flyweight title from 1989 to 1992, and challenged twice for the WBA flyweight title in 1987 and 1988. At regional level, he held the British flyweight title in 1986.

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Boxing career

McAuley fought under the name Dave "Boy" McAuley, and was one of the last Irish boxers to fight for a world title over 15 rounds. His two epic fights against Fidel Bassa were both voted "Fight of the Year",[ by whom? ] in 1986 and 1987 respectively.[ citation needed ] On the 7th of June 1989 McAuley defeated Duke McKenzie for the IBF title at Wembley Arena, London.

Among his most famous bouts were two brutal encounters with Colombian Fidel Bassa at Belfast's King's Hall. In 1989 McAuley won the IBF title from Duke McKenzie. He successfully defended his title five times, eventually losing it to Rodolfo Blanco in 1992, whom he had beaten two years previously. [1]

McAuley was unusual for a flyweight in that he was extremely tall for someone in the flyweight division, standing at 5'7". He was one of Ireland's most underrated boxers, and was poorly treated by various promoters and media after his loss to Blanco.

Broadcasting career

McAuley works as a commentator for Irish television station Raidió Teilifís Éireann on their boxing coverage.[ citation needed ]

Comeback

McAuley was almost tempted out of retirement on more than one occasion, right up to the mid-1990s.[ citation needed ] He was rumoured to be training for a comeback fight with Prince Naseem Hamed in 1994, but the bout eventually fell through over contractual issues.[ citation needed ]

Poker

McAuley recently[ when? ] took part in a celebrity boxing poker tournament organised by partypoker.com however being an amateur in this sport was put out first after going "all in" with ace two off suit. In 2009, he was back in Poker Super Stars and got through to the final table in London.[ citation needed ]

Other activities

McAuley runs a hotel in Ballygalley, near Larne, County Antrim.[ citation needed ]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
23 fights18 wins3 losses
By knockout81
By decision102
Draws2
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
23Loss18–3–2 Flag of Colombia.svg Rodolfo Blanco UD1211 Jun 1992 Flag of Spain.svg Sports Pavilion, Bilbao, SpainLost IBF flyweight title
22Win18–2–2 Flag of South Africa.svg Jacob Matlala KO10 (12)7 Sep 1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern IrelandRetained IBF flyweight title
21Win17–2–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Pedro Jose FelicianoUD1211 May 1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern IrelandRetained IBF flyweight title
20Win16–2–2 Flag of Colombia.svg Rodolfo Blanco UD1215 Sep 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern IrelandRetained IBF flyweight title
19Win15–2–2 Flag of the United States.svg Louis CurtisUD1217 Mar 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern IrelandRetained IBF flyweight title
18Win14–2–2 Flag of the Philippines.svg Dodie Boy Penalosa SD128 Nov 1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Grand Hall, London, EnglandRetained IBF flyweight title
17Win13–2–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duke McKenzie UD127 Jun 1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Arena, London, EnglandWon IBF flyweight title
16Loss12–2–2 Flag of Colombia.svg Fidel Bassa UD1226 Mar 1988 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern IrelandFor WBA flyweight title
15Win12–1–2 Flag of Panama.svg Roy ThompsonPTS107 Dec 1987 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
14Loss11–1–2 Flag of Colombia.svg Fidel Bassa TKO13 (15)25 Apr 1987 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern IrelandFor WBA flyweight title
13Win11–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Kelly TKO9 (12)20 Oct 1986 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg St. Andrews SC, Albany Hotel, Glasgow, ScotlandWon vacant British flyweight title
12Win10–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie BrownTKO1 (8)22 Apr 1986 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
11Win9–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Smart DQ6 (8)15 Feb 1986 Flag of Ireland.svg RDS Arena, Dublin, IrelandSmart disqualified for intentional low blows
10Win8–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bobby McDermottTKO10 (10)8 Jun 1985 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Loftus Road, London, England
9Win7–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny MackTKO1 (8)3 Feb 1985 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
8Win6–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham ClarkeTKO4 (6)19 Dec 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
7Win5–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dave GeorgeTKO6 (8)13 Nov 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
6Win4–0–2 Flag of Tanzania.svg John MwaimuPTS613 Oct 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
5Win3–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy WilliamsPTS617 Sep 1984Corn Exchange, Brighton, England
4Draw2–0–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kenny WalshPTS627 Feb 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Albany Hotel, Birmingham, England
3Win2–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian ColbeckPTS625 Jan 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2Win1–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dave SmithKO1 (6)16 Nov 1983 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1Draw0–0–1 Flag of Tanzania.svg John MwaimuPTS65 Oct 1983 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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References

  1. "McAuley remembers the Glory Days". Irish-Boxing.com. Junior Sport Media. Archived from the original on 11 December 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2007.
Preceded by
Duke McKenzie
IBF Flyweight Champion
7 June 1989 – 11 June 1992
Succeeded by
Rodolfo Blanco