Derry boxers progress to Ulster Boxing Finals

Marc McLaughlin (red vest), avoids a straight left jab from Gerard Matthews (St Paul's) on his way to a claiming a 2-1 victory in the Ulster Elite lightweight semi-final at the Dockers Club. Marc will compete in the Ulster Final this Friday at the Europa Hotel.

Marc McLaughlin (red vest), avoids a straight left jab from Gerard Matthews (St Paul's) on his way to a claiming a 2-1 victory in the Ulster Elite lightweight semi-final at the Dockers Club. Marc will compete in the Ulster Final this Friday at the Europa Hotel.

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FOUR Derry boxers made it through to the Ulster Elite Championship Finals after winning their respective semi-finals at a packed Dockers Club last night.

St Joseph’s ABC members, Conor Coyle and Blaine Dobbins will now represent the Galliagh club in Friday’s Finals at the Europa Hotel.

And joining them will be Marc McLaughlin, representing the Dockers Club and Sean McGlinchey from Oakleaf Boxing Club.

Reigning Ulster middleweight champion, Conor Coyle eased his way into the final with a second round TKO of Holy Family’s Matthew Neill.

Coyle will meet Immaculata’s JP Delaney who he defeated to win the provincial crown last year at The Venue in Derry.

And his stablemate, Dobbins made light work of his 49kg semi-final with victory over John Cassidy from Illies Golden Gloves.

Dobbins claimed a 3-0 verdict over the Buncrana man and will now meet TJ Waite (Cairn Lodge) in the light flyweight final.

In the lightweight semi-final, former St Mary’s boxer, Marc McLaughlin, now representing Dockers Club, Belfast, edged out Gerard Matthews from St Paul’s by 2-1.

McLaughlin, a former national champion, will take on Immaculata boxer, Joseph Fitzpatrick in the 60kg final on Friday.

And Oakleaf light heavyweight, Sean McGlinchey will also represent the city in the final after an impressive second round TKO against Ligoneil’s Damien Ramsey.

McGlinchey will challenge for Ulster gold against Gleann’s Padraig McCrory.

There was no glory for former Illies GG member, Tyrone McCullagh who was boxing out of Holy Family as he lost 3-0 to Fitzpatrick in the lightweight semi-final.

The Ulster Boxing Council will use the Ulster Championships as part of the selection process for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Tickets for the finals will be on sale at the Dockworkers Club or contact 07884337802 for any queries. Tickets are £15.

For further coverage see Friday’s Journal.