RAG Rumble delivers a blow-by-blow performance

Cian Dunne

DCU’s Raising and Giving Society hosted their annual RAG Rumble boxing event to a packed crowd in the Venue, on Monday November 25th. 

The Rumble was once again one of the most thrilling nights on the DCU calendar, with 13 fights on the card, a superb interval performance from DCU Dance, as well as raffles and spot prizes to be won.  The event was hosted by Dylan Mangan and Cathal O’Rourke.

The event was held in aid of Pieta House and in support of social projects and local community work done by the RAG Society.

All 26 fighters involved had been training for seven weeks in preparation for the event. The fighters were training morning and night with DCU Boxing, with some of the fighters having never stepped inside the ring before.

Head of DCU RAG Soc, Emily McNamara thanked all the sponsors who helped make the event possible, before the final fight took place. “We have NuBar, Dominos, tons and tons of advertisers coming in, Token and Tropical Popical. Without them it wouldn’t be possible,” she said.

The main event of the night was a gruelling battle between multimedia student Jake Herbert and Marketing, Innovation and Technology student Andy Lee. The fight went the full three rounds before going to the judge’s scorecards, with Lee edging the hard-fought contest by split decision.

The fighter of the night was awarded to multimedia student Conor McElearney, after his victory over Sean McAuley. “I was delighted to be a part of the event, and it was an honour to be named fighter of the night,” said McElearney. “I donated the proceeds to Pieta House, because it’s an organisation that’s very near and dear to my heart,” McElearney said when speaking after the fight.

The event attracted the attention of many societies around DCU, with the Media Production Society live streaming the fight, as well as a running commentary. The societies were also present in the ring, with Neil Riley’s clash with James O’Neill being built as a battle between MPS and Drama.

The reaction of the crowd to Clara Mooney told the story of the support the societies gave, with one of the loudest cheers of the night came from when the Drama Soc member was victorious over Amy O’Rourke.

Although the fights were for charity, the intensity of the fights were like that of a heavyweight title class. Many fighters left bruised and bloodied, including an early stoppage in clash between Mayowa and Georgos, due an injury to the shoulder of Georgos, resulting in the fight being deemed a no contest.

Despite the intensity and gruelling nature on show, all fighters showed their class, with mutual respect shown for all those who stepped into the ring, once the final bell had rung. The event didn’t end with the final bell however, as the after party in NuBar went on long into the night, with the fighters being greeted by crowds of family and friends, who were there in support.

Cian Dunne 

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