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|Real name||David Anthony McAuley|
|Nickname(s)||Dave 'Boy' McAuley|
15 June 1961 |
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Wins by KO||8|
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.'
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 recognised IBF World Title and became the most successful Irish fighter post-war with a recognised IBF World Title.
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.
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 under-rated boxers, and was poorly treated by various promoters and media after his loss to Blanco.
McAuley now works as a commentator for Irish television station Raidió Teilifís Éireann on their boxing coverage.
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".
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.
Professional boxing record
|18 Wins (8 knockouts), 3 losses, 2 draws|
|Loss||18–3–2||Rodolfo Blanco||UD||12 (12)||1992-6-11||Sports Pavilion, Bilboa, Pais Vasco, Spain||IBF flyweight title|
|Win||18–2–2||Jacob Matlala||KO||10 (12)||1991-9-7||Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained IBF flyweight title|
|Win||17–2–2||Pedro Jose Feliciano||UD||12 (12)||1991-5-11||Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained IBF flyweight title|
|Win||16–2–2||Rodolfo Blanco||UD||12 (12)||1990-9-15||King's Hall Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained IBF flyweight title|
|Win||15–2–2||Louis Curtis||UD||12 (12)||1990-3-17||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained IBF flyweight title|
|Win||14–2–2||Dodie Boy Penalosa||SD||12 (12)||1989-11-8||Grand Hall, Wembley, London, UK||Retained IBF flyweight title|
|Win||13–2–2||Duke McKenzie||UD||12 (12)||1989-6-7||The Arena, Wembley, London, UK||Won IBF flyweight title|
|Loss||12–2–2||Fidel Bassa||UD||12 (12)||1988-3-26||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland||WBA World flyweight title|
|Win||12–1–2||Roy Thompson||PTS||10 (10)||1987-12-7||Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Loss||11–1–2||Fidel Bassa||TKO||13 (15)||1987-4-25||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland||WBA World flyweight title|
|Win||11–0–2||Joe Kelly||TKO||9 (12)||1986-10-20||St. Andrews SC, Albany Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland||British flyweight title|
|Win||10–0–2||Charlie Brown||TKO||1 (8)||1986-4-22||Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||9–0–2||Kelvin Smart||DQ||6 (8)||1986-2-15||RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland||Low blow|
|Win||8–0–2||Bobby McDermott||TKO||10 (10)||1985-6-8||Loftus Road, London, UK|
|Win||7–0–2||Johnny Mack||TKO||1 (8)||1985-2-3||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||6–0–2||Graham 'Kid' Clarke||TKO||4 (6)||1984-12-19||Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||5–0–2||Dave George||TKO||6 (8)||1984-11-13||Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||4–0–2||John Mwaimu||PTS||6 (6)||1984-10-13||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||3–0–2||Roy Williams||PTS||6 (6)||1984-9-17||Corn Exchange, Brighton, Sussex, UK|
|Draw||2–0–2||Kenny Walsh||PTS||6 (6)||1984-2-27||Albany Hotel, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK|
|Win||2–0–1||Ian Colbeck||PTS||6 (6)||1984-1-25||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||1–0–1||Dave Smith||KO||1 (6)||1983-11-16||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Draw||0–0–1||John Mwaimu||PTS||6 (6)||1983-10-5||Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Professional debut|
|IBF Flyweight Champion
7 June 1989 – 11 June 1992