Garden County fighters box clever to land national titles
Wins for Hickey and Nolan while Taylor receives walkover
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.