Jimmy Magill (boxer)

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Jimmy Magill (December 31, 1894 – February 8, 1942) was an amateur boxer and Royal Ulster Constabulary officer from Carncastle, near Larne in Northern Ireland.[1] He was the Amateur Boxing Association of England's Middleweight Champion in 1934 and 1935 and Light Heavyweight Champion in 1936; he won fights in Boston and New York in an Irish tour of the US in 1935;[2][3] he was European Police champion from 1931 to 1936;[1] and he won a bronze medal representing Northern Ireland at the 1934 British Empire Games. As the Irish Amateur Boxing Association governed the sport in Northern Ireland, he was considered ineligible to compete for both Great Britain at the Olympics and Ireland at the Olympics.[1] In 1936, Magill defeated German Richard Vogt, who as a German Army Captain in 1940 saved the life of an Irish Guardsman wounded in the Dunkirk evacuation because the knew Magill.[4]


Magill was one of twelve children, and the youngest of seven brothers.[1] His brother Davy Magill was the 1921 Royal Irish Constabulary heavyweight champion, and later in the 1920s was Irish professional champion at heavyweight and light heavyweight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "New book charts rise of boxing’s Magill brothers". The Belfast Telegraph. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Hurwitz, Hy (30 April 1935). "Canadian Heavyweight Stops Flaherty and Hogan to Win International Honors Before 11,000 Fans". Daily Boston Globe. p. 22. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ United Press (5 February 1942). "Yank Army Boxers in Irish Tournament". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "UK:Boxing: How a fight in the Ulster Hall saved a soldier at Dunkirk". Belfast Telegraph. 21 July 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Magill, Paul (November 2010). The Magills of the Meetinghouse, Cairncastle: Discovering the Story of an Irish Family. Shanway. ISBN 9780956688507. 

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