Dave McAuley

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Dave McAuley
Statistics
Real name David Anthony McAuley
Nickname(s) Dave 'Boy' McAuley
Rated at Flyweight
Born (1961-06-15) 15 June 1961 (age 53)
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 18
Wins by KO 8
Losses 3
Draws 2
No contests 0

David Anthony "Dave" McAuley, MBE (born 15 June 1961, Larne) is a former British professional boxer from Northern Ireland. During his professional career he held the IBF world title in the Flyweight category.[1]

Boxing career[edit]

He 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", in 1986 and 1987 respectively. McAuley was a superb boxer who showed perhaps more bravery than any other modern Irish fighter. Anyone that was privileged enough to watch the Bassa fights would have witnessed a boxing masterclass - McAuley hauled himself off the canvas to go on and give Bassa the fright of his life. He finally defeated Duke McKenzie for the IBF title[when?]. He defended his recognized IBF World Title and became the most successful Irish fighter post-war with a recognized IBF World Title.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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 the Irelands most underrated boxers, and was poorly treated by various promoters and media after his loss to Blanco.

Broadcasting career[edit]

McAuley now works as a commentator for Irish television station Raidió Teilifís Éireann on their boxing coverage.

Comeback to Boxing[edit]

McAuley was almost tempted out of retirement on more than one occasion, right up to the mid-1990s. He was rumoured for a comeback fight with Prince Naseem Hamed, for which he has stated, "I will fight anyone for the right price".[citation needed]

Poker[edit]

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[edit]

Dave Boy is also a pro bull rider as he demonstrated on Children In Need. He currently runs a hotel in Ballygalley, near Larne, County Antrim.[3][4][5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

18 Wins (8 knockouts), 3 losses, 2 draws[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss 18-3-2 Colombia Rodolfo Blanco UD 12 (12) 1992-6-11 Spain Sports Pavilion, Bilboa, Pais Vasco, Spain IBF flyweight title
Win 18-2-2 South Africa Jacob Matlala KO 10 (12) 1991-9-7 United Kingdom Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBF flyweight title
Win 17-2-2 Puerto Rico Pedro Jose Feliciano UD 12 (12) 1991-5-11 United Kingdom Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBF flyweight title
Win 16-2-2 Colombia Rodolfo Blanco UD 12 (12) 1990-9-15 United Kingdom King's Hall Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBF flyweight title
Win 15-2-2 United States Louis Curtis UD 12 (12) 1990-3-17 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBF flyweight title
Win 14-2-2 Philippines Dodie Boy Penalosa SD 12 (12) 1989-11-8 United Kingdom Grand Hall, Wembley, London, UK Retained IBF flyweight title
Win 13-2-2 United Kingdom Duke McKenzie UD 12 (12) 1989-6-7 United Kingdom The Arena, Wembley, London, UK Won IBF flyweight title
Loss 12-2-2 Colombia Fidel Bassa UD 12 (12) 1988-3-26 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland WBA World flyweight title
Win 12-1-2 Panama Roy Thompson PTS 10 (10) 1987-12-7 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 11-1-2 Colombia Fidel Bassa TKO 13 (15) 1987-4-15 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland WBA World flyweight title
Win 11-0-2 United Kingdom Joe Kelly TKO 9 (12) 1986-10-20 United Kingdom St. Andrews SC, Albany Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland British flyweight title
Win 10-0-2 United Kingdom Charlie Brown TKO 1 (8) 1986-4-22 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 9-0-2 United Kingdom Kelvin Smart DQ 6 (8) 1986-2-15 Republic of Ireland RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland Low blow
Win 8-0-2 United Kingdom Bobby McDermott TKO 10 (10) 1985-6-8 United Kingdom Loftus Road, London, UK
Win 7-0-2 United Kingdom Johnny Mack TKO 1 (8) 1985-2-3 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 6-0-2 United Kingdom Graham 'Kid' Clarke TKO 4 (6) 1984-12-19 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 5-0-2 United Kingdom Dave George TKO 6 (8) 1984-11-13 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 4-0-2 Tanzania John Mwaimu PTS 6 (6) 1984-10-13 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 3-0-2 United Kingdom Roy Williams PTS 6 (6) 1984-9-17 United Kingdom Corn Exchange, Brighton, Sussex, UK
Draw 2-0-2 United Kingdom Kenny Walsh PTS 6 (6) 1984-2-27 United Kingdom Albany Hotel, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Win 2-0-1 United Kingdom Ian Colbeck PTS 6 (6) 1984-1-25 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 1-0-1 United Kingdom Dave Smith KO 1 (6) 1983-11-16 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Draw 0-0-1 Tanzania John Mwaimu PTS 6 (6) 1983-10-5 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Professional debut

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References[edit]

Preceded by
Duke McKenzie
IBF Flyweight Champion
7 June 1989–11 June 1992
Succeeded by
Rodolfo Blanco