McGlinchey makes International debut

Oakleaf 81kg boxer Sean McGlinchey, Ulster Intermediate Champion and Irish U23 beaten finalist, who represented Ireland against England last night. Included is Oakleaf A.B.C coach Eugene O'Kane jr. (2311PG70)
Oakleaf 81kg boxer Sean McGlinchey, Ulster Intermediate Champion and Irish U23 beaten finalist, who represented Ireland against England last night. Included is Oakleaf A.B.C coach Eugene O'Kane jr. (2311PG70)
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Sean McGlinchey, Oakleaf A.B.C.’s latest acquisition, has been busy over the past few weeks, the Westway southpaw having made his senior international debut last night in Westport, Co. Mayo.

Sean was part of an Ireland team facing England and his selection was viewed a just reward for all the hard work he has put in recently.

He leaves for Dublin this morning for the weigh-in at the National Intermediate Championships and local amateur boxing fans can watch McGlinchey in action in those championships via the IABA website’s live streaming from the National Stadium.

The Creggan man has trimmed down from heavyweight to light heavy and has put in some great performances of late.

Last Friday evening in the Dockers’ Club in Belfast, he secured the Ulster Intermediate 81 kgs. title, after defeating the big punching Michael Cummings (Holy Trinity ABC) on points.

Boxing behind a southpaw stance, the Derry man had to be careful throughout the three rounds as the Belfast boxer boasted an ever dangerous right hand.

In the second round a superb right, left, combination from the Oakleaf man forced Cummings to take an eight count.

In the end, the decision was a formality, McGlinchey winning on points 20-10.

Consolation Win?

This win is viewed as a consolation for “big” Sean who was extremely unlucky to lose in the recent National Under-23 Championship Final.

His opponent was World Youth Bronze medallist, Davy Joyce, who was adjudged the winner on count-back 40-41 after scores had been tied at 10-10.

However, Oakleaf immediately appealed the decision and following an Appeals Meeting the result was overturned in favour of the Derry boxer. But at a subsequent Central Council meeting Joyce was allowed to keep the title on a technicality, leaving the Derry club justifiably frustrated.