Five newly crowned Ulster amateur boxing champions from Derry will be competing for National honours in the National Stadium, Dublin over Easter week.
The local lads recently won their categories at the Ulster Boy 1, 2, 3 Championships which were held in Pilot’s Row Community Centre last Sunday.
Oakleaf ABC pair, Tom Stokes (Boy 3, 36 kgs) and Conor Long (Boy 3, 54 kgs.) both won in impressive style.
Stokes defeated Zach Mallon (Old Church, Co. Monaghan) 15-5 and the reigning Irish Cadet champion will have another title in his sights over the Easter period.
Conor Long, meanwhile, defeated his Newry opponent by way of a second round stoppage.
The Creggan youngster lost out at the semi-final stage in last year’s event and has shown great improvement this season so far.
Another youngster making great strides in the sport is Ring A.B.C.’s Calum Nash (Boy 44 kgs) who defeated Oran Fullerton (Keady) by a wide margin.
The Brooke Park outfit will have high hopes in Dublin for their ever improving young boxer.
St. Joseph’s A.B.C. will also be out for national honours with their two Ulster champions, Liam Glennon (31 kgs) and Jack Doherty (48 kgs).
Glennon will be out to defend his Irish title and, on this showing, he will once again prove difficult to beat in his weight division.
St JosephA.B.C.’s Jack Doherty (Boy 2, 48 kgs.) made a few heads turn after his barn-storming victory last Sunday and he should also be very much in the shake-up when the medals are being handed out at the National Stadium.
Two unlucky losers were St. Joseph’s pair George Hamilton and Charles Delaney who both lost to close points decisions.
Meanwhile, Oakleaf’s Francie Stokes, Brett McGinty and Ryan Green, along with St. Joseph’s Dathai Glennon have reached the National Youth Championship Finals which will be held this Saturday at the National Stadium.