LOCAL boxing clubs celebrated success last weekend with Oakleaf,, St. Joseph’s, and Illies Golden Gloves all boasting national boy champions.
Oakleaf boxers continued their superb season with Francie Stokes and Brett McGinty claiming Irish titles at the National Boys Championships.
Francie Stokes won three contests on his way to his second Irish title in the Boy 3 (39 kgs.) division.
The St. Columb’s College student’s quarter-final opponent was Conor Quinn (Clonard ABC).
Stokes led the first round 3-1, before he went on to control the contest winning 7-6.
In the semi-final Francie faced Irish champion, Calvin Turner (Co. Kildare), who was fancied to lift the title. However, having decided to change tactics, the Derry 14-year-old forced his opponent onto the back foot and the Ryston boxer had no answer to Stokes’ accurate punching and movement. The Oakleaf boxer won 15-9 in what was probably one of his best performances to date.
The Derry lad’s opponent in the final was Ryan O’Donoghue (Golden Gloves ABC, Ballina) who Stokes beat in last year’s final.
The Oakleaf boxer recorded a clever 9-6 points win to claim his second Irish title.
The Brandywell club’s second finalist, Brett McGinty, met Darragh Murphy (Kilcullen ABC) in his semi-final and Murray, the Leinster champion, started strongly but the Oakleaf boxer bounced back to win the round 4-3. Round two was an even affair scored 4-4 with the judges, leaving the St. Johnston youngster holding a slender one point advantage going into the final round. The final round saw Murray pull out all the stops to try and claw back the deficit, but the Oakleaf boxer had this one in the bag claiming an 11-9 points victory.
The Oakleaf boxer boxed Colm Quinn (Ballyhaunis) in the final and he fought the perfect fight. Young McGinty controlled all three rounds with the decision was never in doubt, tBrett winning 10-4.
St. Joseph’s A.B.C. member, Liam Glennon, a student at St. Brigid’s High School, claimed the Boy 2, 29 kgs. title having lost out in the final last year. Liam faced Dylan O’Driscoll (Sunnyside ABC, Cork) in his semi-final and after a very even opening round he stepped up the workrate to score with some good combinations.
In the third Liam again upped the pace and landed the more accurate shots to finish a worthy 14-11 winner.
In the final Liam met the much fancied and current Irish champion, Joseph Nevin (Kilcullen ABC). He opened the contest in great style catching his opponent with right hands and left hook combinations. At the end of the first round he was two points ahead and his skill and determination carried him through the contest, eventually declared the winner 11-8/
Illies Golden Gloves won two titles with Aaron Harkin defeating John P. Sweeney (Inishfree) in the Boy 3, 48 kgs. final while Eamon Sweeney claimed the Boy 2, 39 kgs. title defeating Sean Purcell (Callan).
St. Mary’s in Tower Hotel
The St. Mary’s show is in the Tower Hotel tomorrow night with 10 contests down for decision.
Boxers such as Sean McGlinchey, Marc McLaughlin, Conor Coyle, Gerard Storey and Conor McLeod have been matched.
First contest at 8.15 p.m. and admission is £5.00 and £2.00 payable at the door. Arrive early to secure better seats.
Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s ABC will be stage their annual Presentation Show in the Du Pont Social Club on Friday next, April 27th, with all of the Galliagh club’s junior and senior stars in action.