Jack Magowan Discusses Upcoming Ireland vs Hungary 1963 Boxing Tournament

Jack Magowan Discusses Upcoming Ireland vs Hungary 1963 Boxing Tournament

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Belfast, Havelock House




Production 15/11/1963


02min 27sec





black and white


Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2


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Ernie Strathdee interviews Jack Magowan, Belfast Telegraph sports journalist, regarding the Ireland vs Hungary amateur boxing tournament to be held at the National Stadium in Dublin on 15th of November 1963. Mr Magowan talks about Ireland’s chances in their first international match of the season. The Hungarians were a strong and well-disciplined team but he felt the Communist countries tended to “bend the rules”.  


Boxers mentioned: Jim Neill (suspended), Charlie Rice (not included, Holy Cross BC), Jim McCourt who would be fighting Janos Kajdi.


Jack Magowan was the Belfast Telegraph boxing and golf correspondent for many years. He was held in high esteem internationally for his knowledge of boxing.

Boxers mentioned:Jim Neill was suspended for this tournament but fought at the 1964 Olympics and was light-welterweight champion at the 1966 Commonwealth Games.Jim McCourt won a bronze medal for Ireland in the 1964 Summer Olympics. In 1966, McCourt won a gold medal, representing Northern Ireland, at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston in the Light Welterweight division. McCourt was rated the number one amateur boxer in the world for four years.Janos Kajdi was a Hungarian boxer who competed at three Olympic games, winning bronze at the 1972 games at welterweight level.


An Ulster Television Production



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