Boxers fight for better homes for South Africa’s poor

A group of novice boxers donned their gloves and took to the ring at the Swan GAA Club to raise funds for a charity that builds homes for poor people living in South African townships.

A group of novice boxers donned their gloves and took to the ring at the Swan GAA Club to raise funds for a charity that builds homes for poor people living in South African townships.

The novel White Collar fundraising boxing tournament was organised by Carrick-on-Suir man Willie Walsh, who will travel to South Africa with Marion Landers from Carrickbeg and 600 other volunteers in November to help build homes for the Niall Mellon Township Trust.

Fourteen boxers from local GAA, soccer and rugby clubs, competed in seven bouts in the tournament.

They were all newcomers to the sport, who underwent six weeks of intensive training under the guidance of coaches from St Nicholas Boxing Club in Carrick-on-Suir in preparation for the competition that took place on Saturday, April 7.

Bobby “Ratballs” Landers was awarded the “Boxer of the Night” prize - a Tipperary Crystal Trophy, sponsored by Carrick-on-Suir Labour Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald.

Before the competition, nine young boxers from St Nicholas Boxing Club and St Saviour’s Crystal Boxing Club in Waterford gave an exhibition of boxing.

Willie Walsh said he wished to thank all those who made the tournament a great success including the coaches at St.Nicholas Boxing club, Dr Hama, DJ Gerry Casey, Benny Raggatt, who acted as MC for the tournament, and Carrick-on-Suir Swan Club for the use of its hall.

Mr Walsh said he also wished to thank the boxers from St Nicholas Boxing Club and St Saviour’s Boxing Club and the people of Carrick-on-Suir for their generous support for his fundraising campaign.

The boxing tournament raised a total of E1800. Willie must raise a total of E5000 to travel to Cape Town to take part in the Mellon Trust building blitz and has so far collected E3000 of that target.