Two boxers who needed no introduction to their home crowd squared up against each other at Clonmel
Boxing Club’s annual
tournament at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Sunday night.
In the most eagerly-anticipated bout of the evening Con Sheehan took on old foe and clubmate Dean Gardiner.
The two best superheavyweights in the country went straight into action from the opening bell.
The crowd were treated to a great display from two fanastic international athletes, of whom the town should be very proud. After a very close contest Con Sheehan took a split decision victory.
Top of the bill was the bout between Olympic medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan.
The two Belfastmen put on a boxing masterclass and never stopped trading punches for the three rounds, with the contest judged a draw. Paddy and Michael are shining examples for any aspiring boxer and they failed to turn away anyone who requested a photo or autograph.
The Best Home Boxer of the night award was presented to Ben McGuire with the Best Away Boxer award going to Josh Power, St. Nicholas.
Blaine O’Brien was presented with Clonmel Boxing Club’s Boxer of the Year trophy by tournament timekeeper John Joe Laste.
Blaine has been selected for the European Cadet Under 17 championships in Anapa, Russia, starting on this Friday, October 31.
Blaine is national cadet 75kg champion and he is in a full-time training camp at the high performance unit at the National Stadium.
The club thanks the staff of the Clonmel Park Hotel, MC Ronan Quirke, timekeeper John Joe Laste and all those who helped to make it such a successful tournament.