Six boxers representing Clonmel Boxing Club travelled to Dublin to compete in the National Schoolboys Championships last week and two of those came home as Irish champions, with another two claiming runners-up medals having been narrowly beaten in the final.
Lee Kelly claimed his Irish title after a brilliant display against P. McCartan, Bishop Kelly. The contest was a close affair throughout with only a point separating the boxers at any stage but Lee was very focused in the last moments of the bout to get the winning score and take his first Irish title. In the semi final he beat M. Avestisan, Mulhaddart by 9 points to 5.
Calvin Boland won his first Irish title in impressive style against B. Zalewski, St. Anne’s, Westport with the referee stepping in to stop the contest in the second round, much to the Clonmel boxer’s delight. Calvin was well in control of the contest and the composed, skilful display he gave defied the fact that he has had only a handful of contests under his belt. In the semi final Calvin beat C. Fleming St. Luke’s, Dublin by 17 points to 5.
Andrew Connolly had an excellent championships, starting with a brilliant performance in the semi final to beat D. Rafferty of St. Malachy’s, Newry by 11 points to 4. In the final, after a great contest, Andrew was beaten by J. McGivern of St. George’s, Belfast, 11 points to 5.
Blaine O’ Brien was another of the Clonmel boxers with very little experience before the championships but this didn’t show as he gave two performances that he can be proud of. In the semi final he beat M. McDonagh of St. David’s, Naas 8-4.
After a very close contest in the final Blaine lost out by the narrowest margins to M. Collins, Ballina, by 6 points to 7 in what was one of the best contests of the championships.
Daniel Burke and Fearghal DeFaoite also represented the club at the championships with both boys giving great performances only to be beaten at the quarter final stage. Daniel was beaten by P Donoghue, Ballinacargy 13 - 3, while Fearghal was beaten 11 - 4 by B. O’ Hagan, Bishop Kelly, with both of their opponents going on to win the Irish titles.
Well done to all the lads who competed in Dublin and to their coaches at the championships, Martin Fennessy and Keith Galvin.