Clonmel boxing club was well represented at last week’s national schoolboys championships in Dublin with Blaine O’Brien taking home his first Irish title with two great victories and Lee Kelly narrowly losing out in the final.
Kenny Dillon and Daniel Burke also did the club proud having reached their first finals only to be on the wrong side of two close contests.
Blaine O’Brien avenged his All Ireland final defeat of last year against Martin Collins, beating the Ballina boxer in the semi final 29 points to 20 on countback after the scores finished 9 - 9 at the final bell.
In the final Blaine beat Robert Butler, St Pats Kilkenny 12 points to 4 after a very commanding performance.
Lee Kelly lost out in the final to Aaron Gethius, Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo by 10 points to 6. Lee beat C. Farrelly, St Saviours 10 - 5 in the semi final and in the quarter final he beat Sean Breslin, Mourne golden gloves 10 - 9.
Five times senior champion Con Sheehan is a member of the Irish elite squad that departed for Kazakhstan last week for an eight day training camp. Kazakhstan is one of the top boxing nations in the world having finished in 6th position in the medals table at the 30th Olympiad.
Irish intermediate superheavyweight champion and senior championship semi finalist Dean Gardiner has been chosen to represent Ireland at superheavyweight at the Tampere senior multi nations in Finland this weekend. This is dean’s first senior international and the Tampere tournament is a very prestigious event. The club wish him the best of luck.