OAKLEAF Amateur Boxing Club will stage their first tournament of the season in Pilot’s Row Community Centre on Saturday, November 30th.
The tournament sponsored by Triax under the Neibourhood Community Programme, which will see the local Brandywell club take on a strong Ulster Select Team.
A total of 13 contests will be down for decision and the bill will feature many current and former Ulster and Irish champions, providing on paper anyway, many standout quality contests.
Oakleaf’s current Irish champion, Ryan Green, a quarter-finalist in the recent World Junior Championships, will box another Irish champion, with Illies Golden Gloves star, Thomas Mongan, going toe-to-toe with the Oakleaf lad.
Another contest to catch the eye will involve Oakleaf’s European schoolboy bronze medallist, Brett McGinty, another quarter-finalist at the recent European Junior Championships which were held in Russia last month. The St. Johnston lad will take on Irish champion Conor Vint from Guildford A.B.C. in Co Down.
And the Brandywell club’s other European bronze medallist from Russia last year, Francis Stokes, will lock horns with Guildford’s Stephen Orr in what should be the classic ‘boxer v fighter’ contest.
Highlight of the Night
Undoubtably what could prove to be the highlight of the night will involve Oakleaf’s Sean McGlinchey who faces Twin Towns A.B.C.’s Danny Tourish, both boys have amassed a total of 10 Irish titles between them.
There’s no doubt that this particular bout should be worth the admission fee alone.
Another of Oakleaf’s reigning Irish champions, Tom Stokes, will box Craig Stewart from the Illies Golden Gloves ABC while the popular St. Mary’s ABC member, Marc McLaughlin, will also feature on the bill, his opponent coming in the form of Gary McKenna, Old School ABC in Co. Monaghan.
There will also be a number of exhibition contests involving members of Oakleaf’s popular ‘Kid Gloves’ programme, this will provide some of the younger boxers with the opportunity to display their talents in front of a home audience.
Full details of the tournament will appear in this Friday’s edition of the “Derry Journal” and all patrons are advised to arrive early as there will be limited seating in the Pilot’s Row Centre.
The opening contest is scheduled for an 8.00 p.m. start.