Irish Olympic boxer Freddie Gilroy dies aged 80

Freddie Gilroy (right) with actor Liam Neeson in 2010, holding a picture of them together in Ballymena 48 years earlier
Freddie Gilroy (right) with actor Liam Neeson in 2010, holding a picture of them together in Ballymena 48 years earlier

Former legendary Belfast boxer Freddie Gilroy, who won an Olympic bronze medal for Ireland in 1956, has died aged 80.

Gilroy fought at Bantamweight at the Melbourne Games before turning professional.

He won British, Commonwealth and European titles and lost on points to France's Alphonse Halimi in a World Bantamweight title fight in 1960.

In 1963, Gilroy beat Belfast rival John Caldwell for the British and Empire titles but retired after the fight.

Flyweight Caldwell also won an Olympic bronze in Melbourne, and in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest fights ever to be held in Ireland, Gilroy triumphed when a cut to Caldwell's eye stopped him from carrying on.

Gilroy immediately announced his retirement after a five-year professional career.

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