Two Castles fighter crowned Ulster Elite champion

Ulster Elite champion Ryan Donnelly. Two Castles

Ulster Elite champion Ryan Donnelly. Two Castles

HAVING spent a protracted period outside the ropes with injury, Beragh southpaw Ryan ‘Tiny’ Donnelly returned in a blaze of glory this season to win his first ever Ulster Elite Championship at the famed Docker’s Club..

The Two Castles boxer missed out on a quest for provincial glory last season because of a broken hand but that painful episode was banished in style when Donnelly defeated Holy Trinity’s Padraig McCrory in a bruising light heavyweight encounter at the weekend.


Donnelly, who was runner-up in 2012, won on a split decision but his coach Kevin Simmonds insisted it was a thoroughly deserved win.

Reflecting on the fight Simmonds paid tribute to his dedicated protegee.

“I have worked with Ryan since he was nine-year-old. He’s always been a quality fighter and this success is richly deserved,” he said.

“He’s been knocking on the door for the past two years, finishing runner-up in 2012 and last year missed out because of his broken hand.

“That made him even more determined this time around and he certainly peaked at the right time.”


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