Liam wins second successive National title

Liam Glennon of St Joseph's ABC has his hand raised in victory following his All Ireland Schoolboy final win against Stephen Johnson from the Emerald boxing club in Belfast in Dublin at the weekend.
Liam Glennon of St Joseph's ABC has his hand raised in victory following his All Ireland Schoolboy final win against Stephen Johnson from the Emerald boxing club in Belfast in Dublin at the weekend.

ST Joseph’s A.B.C. member, Liam Glennon was crowned All-Ireland Schoolboy champion for the second consecutive year in the National Stadium, Dublin last weekend.

The St Brigid’s College pupil boxed superbly throughout the tournament and dominated his opponent, Stephen Johnson from the Emerald Boxing Club, Belfast before forcing a final round stoppage on his way to lifting the Boy 3 31kg title.

Glennon has once again been selected to join the Elite Schoolboy squad for training in Dublin with the possibility of selection for future international competitions.

In his semi-final contest he was up against another Irish champion, Michael Maughan from the Avona Boxing Club in Dublin.

The first round was close with Maughan taking the fight to Glennon and scoring early with two right hands. Glennon soon settled into his rhythm, catching his opponent with combinations and ending the round with a one point advantage.

And the second round was dominated by Glennon as he was able to take control of the contest, forcing his opponent back and catching him with a right hand and left hook combination. The round ended with Glennon five points in front.

The St Joseph’s boxer continued to grow in confidence in the final round and scored another seven times in the last round to end up a convincing 13-6 winner.

In the final Liam started very confidently from the opening bell, pressurising his Belfast opponent with fast and accurate shots and he found himself five points up at the end of the first round.

The second round saw Liam churn through the gears and he forced his opponent to take a standing count after landing with a succession of unanswered punches and he ended the round with a dominant 11-2 margin.

In the final round Johnson was again forced to take a standing count within the first minute of the round and the referee stopped the contest.

Also competing in Dublin for the Galliagh club was Jack Doherty who lost out to Martin O’Connell from Marble City Boxing Club in Dublin 21-18 on countback in the semi-final of the Boy 2 48kg division.

Both boxers will have their next competitive contest at St Joseph’s annual presentation show which will be held in the REC Club Du Pont on Friday, April 26th.