ILLIES Golden Gloves’ opening tournament of the season proved a huge success at the Halfway House in Burnfoot last Saturday with spectators treated to 17 action-packed bouts.
The Buncrana based amateur boxing club hosted a Leinster and Ulster Select and the exciting show attracted a 300 strong crowd.
And they certainly weren’t disappointed with some of the club’s promising up-and-coming talent on display.
One of the highlights of the night was local favourite, Daniel Doherty’s explosive performance against Portlaoise ABC’s Audrius Kunerotiene.
The Illies man produced a terrific performance and the judges awarded him victory by 15 points to 11, much to the delight of the home support.
Also on the bill was Willie McLaughlin who defeated Michael O’Reilly impressively by 18-12 while three contests, came down to the wire in countbacks.
Lee Harkin, Oran Mullan and Antonio Rea all got the decision over their respective opponents, Patrick Nevin (Leinster), Ryan Brogan (Letterkenny ABC) and Dimitrij Markowskij (Portlaoise ABC).
Other results on the night were as follows (I.G.G. boxers listed first); John Moran lost 6-7 to Terry O’Donoghue (Leinster); Eamon Sweeney lost 6-8 to Pat McEnerney (Leinster); Kyle McDaid lost 5-6 to Hughie Nevin (Leinster); Craig Stewart lost 8-14 to John Nevin (Leinster); Michael Doherty won 6-7 against Christie Nevin (Leinster); Oisin Grant lost 4-11 to James Devlin (St. Bridget’s); Darryl Moran retired third round v Mickey Nevin (Leinster); Joseph Redden won 16-9 against Conor Dowling (Leinster); Aaron Harkin won 11-5 against Patrick Coney (Loup); Thomas Mongan won 12-10 against Piaras Casey (St. John’s); Leigh Moran won 9-7 against Willie O’Donoghue (Leinster); John Cassidy won 12-5 against Michael McDonagh (Leinster); Stephen O’Sullivan won 10-7 against Bernard O’Reilly (Leinster); William McLaughlin won 18-12 against Michael O’Reilly.
Club coaches Eamon Duffy, Martin Harkin and Stephen Friel would like to extend a sincere thanks to the main sponsor - Flair Interiors, Irish Street, Limavady and to the Halfway House, Burnfoot for providing the venue.