Irish sensation Dave "Boy" McAuley former IBF flyweight World champion SIGNED (silver sharpie) and INSCRIBED "CHAMP 89 - 92" Lonsdale trunks.
Dave McAuley vs Fidel Bassa I - Highlights
Dave McAuley, born June 15, 1961 in Larne, 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 British 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 British fighter. Anyone that was privileged enough to watch the Bassa fights would have witnessed a boxing master-class - McAuley hauled himself off the canvas to go on and give Bassa the fright of his life. When McAuley finally defeated Duke McKenzie for the IBF title, no British boxer deserved a World title more.
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 Britain's most underrated boxers, and was poorly treated by various promoters and media after his loss to Blanco. He was almost tempted out of retirement on more than one occasion, right up to the mid 1990s.
McAuley now works as a commentator for Irish television station Radio Telefís Éireann on their boxing coverage.