The Co. Derry Amateur Boxing Board hosted its first promotion for several years at Pilot’s Row on Saturday and it proved an outstanding success.
Following a hectic week of withdrawals, matchmaker, Gerry Wilson did remarkably well to produce an entertaining 11 contest show with a number of top quality prospects involved.
The first bout in the Boy 1, 33kgs category featured O. Quinn (St. John’s) who defeated B. McReynolds (St.Pauls Belfast) 11-8 in an intriguing ‘nip and tuck’ contest.
Next up Thomas McErlane of St. John’s Swatragh defeated Eoin McLaughin (Eglinton) 20-14 in a Boy 1 40kgs clash.
In a Boy 2 (29kgs) contest, St. Joseph’s, Liam Glennon used his boxing skills to the full to edge out a close decision over a determined Kian Bittles from St.Paul’s 11-8.
Next up was in the Boy 2 36kg contest Ring ABC‘s Callum Nash, with father Roy and uncle Charlie in his corner, overcame Dennis Lawlor from the Dockers club 10-5 in a lively encounter with plenty of skill on display.
Bout 5 was a Co. Derry Championship final between Jack O’Connell from Errigaland St. Canice’s Kevin Quinn at Boy 2 (39kg). These two boxers went at it with a lot of vigour, an exhausted O’Connel eventaully emerging victorious by 11-8.
Then came the bout of the evening, Boy 2 (39kg) contest between George Hamilton (St. Joseph’s) and Oliver Lavery (Dockers). This contest had everything to keep the large crowd on their toes. Good boxing and hard, accurate punching kept spectators captivated until Hamilton got a narrow 28-26 verdict to the annoyance of some of the crowd.
Bout 7 was a Boy 3 contest which saw Dominic Bradley (Errigal) prove too strong for a game James Devlin from St. Bridget’s, Clonmany on a scoreline of 18/6.
The Boy 4 (60kg) contest saw Springtown’s Odhran McCann take on Calum Makey of St. Paul’s. McCann had been out for a couple of years and was up against a more experienced opponent who kept to his boxing and saw it out for three hard rounds to win 11-18.
Emmety O’Brian of Oakleaf took on St. Paul’s John Reid in the 60kg Intermediate Bout 8 contest. This was a cagey match-up with no punches wasted. It was close for the first two rounds before the belfast boy took the last with a very strong finish to win 8-13.
The 67kg Bout 9 saw novices Adam Deighan (Coleraine) and Steven McCloskey (Dockers) go at it straight away. It looked like the Docker’s boy was going to stop his man in the first but the coleraine lad came back at him and was just edged out 15-12 in a cracking contest.
Bout 10 (71Kg0 saw the inexperienced Sean Griffin from Springtown meet Sean Corr of the Dockers club. Griffin gave a gutsy display and tried to keep off the rugged Belfast boxer, using his long reach which brought some success in the first round but he tired as the bout went and lost out 12-7.
The final bout (71Kg) saw Eglinton’s Joe Campbell meet Richard Laugtry of Coleraine in a County Derry Championship semi-final. Both well-matched boys refused to give an inch but it was a match for the fittest with the Coleraine man picking his shots better for a 14-9 verdict