Shea Neary

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Shea Neary
Real name James Patrick Neary
Nickname(s) The Shamrock Express
Rated at light welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Born (1968-05-18) 18 May 1968 (age 47)
Liverpool, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 23
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 0

Shea "The Shamrock Express" Neary (born in 1968, Liverpool, England)[1] is a former light welterweight boxer.

Pro career[edit]

Neary posted a 23–2 record during his professional career,[2] including 16 knockouts. In 1995, he won his first title by beating Nigel Bradley at the Everton Park Sports Centre to claim the Central Area Light Welterweight belt. In 1996, He beat Darryl Tyson to claim the WBU light welterweight title. He retained the title 5 times by beating Jeremiah Malinga in 1997, Andy Holligan, Naas Scheepers and Juan Carlos in 1998 and Mike Griffith in 1999. He eventually lost his title to Micky Ward,[1] which was dramatised in the 2010 movie, The Fighter.[3] Neary won his comeback fight, but retired after losing a controversial[4] points decision against Eamonn Magee in a Commonwealth title fight.[1][2][5][6] Shea was embraced as both an Irishman and a Scouser during his professional career.[7]

Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Joey Gamache
World Light Welterweight Champion
WBU recognition

26 October 1996 – 11 March 2000
Succeeded by
Micky Ward


  1. ^ a b c "Neary edges to points verdict". BBC Sport. 26 July 2000. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Shea Neary". Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ Collinson, Dawn (3 February 2011). "Hollywood stardom for Liverpool's former world champion boxer Shea Neary in Mark Wahlberg's The Fighter". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Barker, Simon. "When Ward fought Neary". Boxing News. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Neary outpointed by Magee". BBC Sport. 12 November 2000. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ profile[dead link]
  7. ^ Shamrock Scousers: Shea Neary – Boxing – Sport. Liverpool Echo. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.

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