About The Boxing Union of Ireland

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.

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.

Organisational Structure


Mel André Christle

Honorary President

Mr. Justice Kevin O’Higgins


Francie McCullagh


Patricia Connolly

Asst. Secretary

Joseph Keegan


Brian McKeever

Asst. Treasurer

Christopher Nutty

Medical Officers

Prof. J.P. Philips  –  Mr. Joe McKeever  –  Dr. Mick Molloy  –  Mr. Terence Christle


Mickey Vann  –  Emile Tiedt  –  David Irving  –  Paul McCullough

Apprentice Referees

Fergal Carruth  –  Vince Feeney


Michael Conlon  –  Anthony Lee  –  Ronald Williams  –  Alex McKenzie

Vince Feeney  –  Declan Kavanagh  –  Ian Enright  –  Peter Sargent  –  Mel Sutcliffe