Oakleaf’s Sean returns from Russia with Gold!

Oak Leaf amateur boxers, Sean McGlinchey and Brett McGinty.
Oak Leaf amateur boxers, Sean McGlinchey and Brett McGinty.

Oakleaf Amateur Boxing Club light heavyweight, Sean McGlinchey clinched a gold medal at a recent three nation round robin tournament in Russia after one of his career-best performances.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was one of the few boxers representing Ulster to progress to the finals and the only Irish boxer to win gold at the event.

McGlinchey was accompanied by fellow Oakleaf clubman, Brett McGinty on the 10 day training camp as part of the Ulster Elite and Youth High Performance squad where they sparred boxers from Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Following a tremendous display in the semi-finals of the round robin tournament, southpaw, McGlinchey progressed to the final where he defeated a very experienced Russian who has had numerous World Series of Boxing contests under his belt.

The Derry man used his southpaw style to good effect, catching the advancing Russian with superb counter punches. And in round two the Oakleaf boxer turned on the style to win the round comfortably. The Russian boxer probably needed a stoppage in round three, but it was McGlinchey who got the decision on all three judges’ cards to record one of the best performances of his career.

High Performance coach, John Conlon was full of praise for the Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist who, after a series of injury setbacks, was delighted with his performances in Russia.

It’s also a busy time for Oakleaf welterweight Brett McGinty - a six time national champion and European bronze medallist - who has been selected to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa from September 5th-12th next.

Brett also received some top class sparring in Russia, and has been commuting almost daily to the Sport NI High Performance facilities in Jordanstown, Belfast.

He is presently training at the IABA High Performance Centre in Dublin. The five strong N.Ireland squad then move on to the Australian Institute of Sport for another two week training camp before departing for the Games. Club coach Eugene O’Kane Jnr. believes the experience gained at these championships and the training camps will ensure McGinty continues to improve.

“The experience Brett has gained from the training camp in Russia will no doubt bring him on even further and hopefully he can fulfil his potential at the Commonwealth Youth Games,” said the Oakleaf coach. O’Kane also heaped praise on McGlinchey’s performances against top class opposition in Russia. “Sean knows he can compete with the very best and this proved that.”

Oakleaf Boxing Club would like to thank the kind sponsors who have assisted both Sean and Brett in their trips to the Russian and Samoan tournaments, especially the club’s main sponsor Mr Tony O’Connor, proprietor of the Bentley Bar for helping towards McGinty’s travel expenses.

Congratulations to Oakleaf club coach and referee Eugene O’Kane Jnr., who has been re-elected as a member of The Ulster Boxing Council, following their AGM which was held in Inishowen Gateway Hotel last Sunday. Oakleaf ABC would also like to congratulate all the new Council members and officers, especially County Derry President Eugene Duffy and County Secretary, Kevin Duffy.