Clonmel boxers in action at National Schoolboys Championships

Clonmel boxing

Above - Clonmel Boxing Club members who were medal winners at the recent Munster Championships. From left, Raymond Joyce, Philip Radzikowski, Michael O'Driscoll, Martin Fennessy (coach), JP Reilly, Keith Bobby Galvin (coach) and Conor O'Donovan.

Three Clonmel boxers competed at the National Schoolboys Championships held in the National Stadium in Dublin. 

Conor O'Donovan won his quarter-final in style against Criostoir Browne, from the Oliver Plunkett Club, Belfast, taking a 4-1 decision. 

He faced Jason Nevin, Olympic Mullingar, in the semi-final. After three action-packed rounds, where Conor showed flashes of brilliance to push last year's Irish champion all the way, he lost out by the narrowest of margins on a split decision.

Conor won an excellent Munster final against Eoghan Walsh, Togher in the Munster championship in March.

John Paul Reilly competed in his first national championships against Martin Barrett, Olympic Galway in the semi-final. After three close rounds, where John Paul produced some great boxing, the decision went the way of the Galway boxer.

John Paul won his first Munster title against John McDonagh, Rathkeale last month. 

Michael O'Driscoll put up a brave display against the very experienced Auzelis Deimantas, Ballaghaderreen, only to lose out to the Roscommon boxer. 

Other Clonmel boxers who competed in last month's Munster championships were Raymond Joyce, who lost out to Michael Faulkner, Northside; and Philp Radzikowski who was beaten by D.O' Brien, Fr. Horgan's.

Jerome Lonergan Gartland was unsuccessful  in his bid to claim another Irish title when he found himself on the wrong side of a 3-2 split decision against Keelan Roche, St. Aidan's, Wexford in the final of the Junior 1 national championships.

Jerome looked to be the busier boxer over the three rounds, landing some quality shots, but the decision went the Wexford man's way. 

Jerome won his semi-final by a unanimous decision against Patrick McCarthy, Tralee and he won an excellent Munster title against Jamie Lee, Legacy Cork. 

The season is far from over for these Clonmel boxers, as they prepare for the upcoming Junior and Senior National Cadet Championships to be held in Dublin.