Call for Kelly commemoration

A local boxing fan is being supported in his calls for two Derry boxers to be immortalised by fans all over the world.

Former boxer Dan McGill set up a facebook page calling for a statue to be erected in tribute to Billy Spider Kelly and his father Jimmy. The Kellys made boxing history in October 1954 when Billy emulated his father Jimmy by winning the British Empire featherweight title. Jimmy had held in the belt in the 1930s.

Among the supporters on facebook are a number of professional boxers including former world champion Pinklon Thomas.

Mr. McGill said: “I got the idea after a tourist asked me where they lived. They ruled the boxing world at a time when there was only eight weight divisions and one ruling body. Today there are scores. I had started the facebook page last year, three months ago there was 300 fans now we have over 2,000. These boxers put Derry on the map and I think it is time to put them back on the map here. Derry City Council and the Kelly family are discussing a suitable monument to the boxers.” Of Kelly senior’s known fight record there are 167 fights, 119 wins - 35 - 12 no contest 1. Kelly junior retired in 1962 and finished with a career record of 56 wins, 24 defeats and four draws from 84 professional bouts. To show your support or find out more log onto facebook/ Billy Spider Kelly RIP - Remember