Gar­den County fight­ers box clever to land na­tional ti­tles

Wins for Hickey and Nolan while Tay­lor re­ceives walkover

Bray People - - SPORT -

GRANGE­CON'S ROSS Hickey had dou­ble rea­son to cel­e­brate fol­low­ing Fri­day’s Elite Na­tional Cham­pi­onship fi­nal night af­ter he claimed the 64kg ti­tle and also picked up an award for Boxer of the Tour­na­ment.

The light-wel­ter­weight put on a fine per­for­mance in the Na­tional Sta­dium to de­feat Crum­lin's Phillip Sut­cliffe 14-4. Hickey also de­liv­ered two stand­ing counts to Sut­cliffe.

'I was de­lighted with the win, al­though it was a very tough fight,' said Hickey of his de­feat of the ti­tle holder.

It's the 23-year-old Grange­con na­tive's sec­ond ti­tle hav­ing won the 58kg in 2008.

He's a mem­ber of the Ir­ish High Per­for­mance squad and was a bronze medal win­ner at the 2008 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships held in Liver­pool. He will com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber, which acts as a qual­i­fier for the Olympic Games.

Mean­while, Hickey's wasn't the only suc­cess for the Grange­con club.

Shan­ice Byrne won the Girls' Le­in­ster Youths Cham­pi­onships, while Daryl Byrne was the vic­tor in the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onships.

This com­ing week­end both box­ers will con­tent for na­tional ti­tles at the Na­tional Sta­dium

Tommy Byrne, PRO for Grange­con Box­ing Club, said of the re­sults, 'we are so proud of all three per­for­mances and we have many other fine young tal­ents com­ing up through the ranks.'

There was fur­ther Wick­low suc­cess when Adam Nolan, who fights out of Bray Box­ing Club, claimed a magnificent vic­tory over for­mer cham­pion, Karl Brabazon in the 69kg divi­sion.

Hav­ing only won the Na­tional In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle a short few months back, this was a huge step up for Adam. His trainer and coach, Pete Tay­lor, fa­ther of World cham­pion, Katie, knows what it takes to win at the very pin­na­cle of the sport, which cer­tainly rubbed off on Adam, as he dom­i­nated the fi­nal against the St. Saviours (Dublin) boxer, giv­ing an out­stand­ing dis­play.

For Adam this was one of the great­est mo­ments of his life. It was an early birth­day present for the tal­ented sports­man who will be 25 on March 11 next and who now can look ahead to greater heights in a ca­reer that has cer­tainly taken off over the past two years.

Adam said: 'I was re­ally con­fi­dent go­ing into the fight, as I brought speed to the con­test. Brabazon is 31 years of age, stocky, and would have liked to keep it close, but once I was able to keep the fight at dis­tance and scor­ing, it was a great ad­van­tage.

‘I went in there to fight and I knew my abil­ity to score from dis­tance would make the dif­fer­ence.’

Mean­while, Bray’s Pa­tri­cia Roddy lost out to Drim­nagh’s Sinead Ka­vanagh in the mid­dleweight fi­nal, while World and Euro­pean cham­pion Katie Tay­lor re­ceived a walkover in the light­weight cat­e­gory.

Adam Nolan, Bray Box­ing Club, win­ner of the 69kg ti­tle.

Ross Hickey, Grange­con, win­ner of the 64kg ti­tle.

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