OAKLEAF Amateur Boxing Club enjoyed yet another highly successful weekend as club members secured titles at both National and Ulster level.
Following on from his recent National Boy 4, 44 kg title, Oakleaf’s Ryan Green was crowned National Senior Cadet 44 kg champion at the National Stadium, Dublin on Sunday.
The talented 14 year-old was made to do it the hard way, winning three contests in three days before lifting the title despite the fact a chest infection almost ruled him out of the Championships.
In his opening bout Green recorded a comfortable 19-6 points win over Darren Hand (Mulhuddart) as he progressed to the semi-final stages.
And his semi-final opponent was the current National Youth 1 (44kilo) champion, Padric Mackle (Toome) and after three absorbing rounds of boxing, the resilient Green won this one 12-8 to record an outstanding points victory.
In the final the Bridgend boxer was again pitted against an old foe in Bernard Ward of Ballhaunis. After an evenly contested first round, the Oakleaf boxer took full control to win his second Irish title 15-7 on points.
This win now puts Green in line for international honours with an up-coming Multi-Nations tournament in Bulgaria and the European Schoolboys Championships in Russia firmly in his sights.
Exciting times ahead for the modest St. Joseph’s High School student who now joins the High Performance programme in Dublin.
Meanwhile, the Brandywell club recorded further success at the Ulster Boys Championships held over the weekend in Tyholland Co. Monaghan.
Brett McGinty, the 2010 Irish champion lifted the Boy 3 (57kilo) title and current Irish champion, Francie Stokes defeated Chris Maguire from Clones 6-2 to claim the Boy 3 (39kilo) crown.
Ulster Novice champion, Conor Long, Boy 2 (48kilo) stormed back in the last round against Bannon Mullan (Capra) to win his first Ulster Boys Championship 18-15 on countback.
Tom Stokes Boy 2 (36kilo) caused a major upset when boxing the perfect fight to defeat reigning Irish champion, Darren McDonagh of Clones 6-3 to complete an excellent weekend for the local club.
All four will now progress to the National Boys Championships to be held in the National Stadium Dublin starting on Easter Monday and they will have high hopes of gaining National honours at the home of Irish Amateur Boxing.