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On its formation in 1980, the Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI) was recognised by and became affiliated to the European Boxing Union and has overseen the sport since then in the Republic.

The BUI is responsible for the overseeing of all aspects of professional boxing in the Republic. Its functions include, inter alia

  • the licensing of Irish professional fighters;

  • the licensing of professional managers, trainers and seconds;

  • authorising any professional boxing promotion that takes place in the Republic;

  • the licensing of referees;

  • ensuring that the health and safety of all professional fighters is paramount, both in relation to any application for a professional fighter’s licence and in the running of any professional boxing promotion;

  • strict compliance by promoters, managers, trainers and fighters with the medical rules and requirements set down by the BUI.

Before 1980, there was no governing body for professional boxing in the Republic of Ireland. During the 1960s and 1970s, a group that went under the name of “The Irish Boxing Board of Control” and which was overseen by the late Terry Rogers, of Terry Rogers Bookmakers, availed of the services of the British Boxing Board of Control, which also controlled professional boxing in Northern Ireland. It was through the Irish Boxing Board of Control that the bout between Muhammad Ali and Al Blue Lewis was promoted in Croke Park on 19th July, 1972.

Organisational Structure



Brian McKeever


Vice President

Michael Conlon


Honorary President

Mr. Justice Kevin O’Higgins



Mel Christle



Patricia Connolly



Brian McKeever


Medical Officers

Prof. J.P. Philips  -  Mr. Joe McKeever  -  Dr. Michael Quirke  -  Mr. Terence Christle



Emile Tiedt  -  David Irving  - Pádraig O'Reachtagáin


Consultant Referee

Mickey Vann


Apprentice Referees

Vince Feeney 


Media Officer

Colin Byrne



Ronald Williams  -  Alex McKenzie -  Declan Harman - Dave Kenny

Vince Feeney  -  Declan Kavanagh  -  Ian Enright  -  Mel Sutcliffe

James Flynn  -  Colm Hennessy  -  Michael Morrissey    

Tom Conlon  -  Malachaí Duddy  -  Gary Daly  -  Andrew Robinson

Brian Sutton

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