In 1923, Mike McTigue from Kilnamona, County Clare, got a shot at the World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Despite the Irish Civil War still ongoing, the fight was held in La Scala Opera House in Prince’s Street, Dublin against the Senagalese Fighter Battling Siki.
McTigue – The Cyclonic Celt – won on points after 20 rounds to become World Light Heavyweight Champion.
“Bold” Mike McTigue was the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1923-1925.
McTigue died in 1966. Kilnamona’s Community Centre was opened in 2001 and is named in his honour.
Video footage – British Pathé