Gar­den boys give Dubs a big bat­tle

Box­ers from all over Wick­low com­pete

Bray People - - SPORT -

ARK­LOW and box­ers from all over Wick­low showed their met­tle when they took on a team from Dublin in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel on Satur­day night last.

It was hel­ter-skel­ter all night long at this well-at­tended event and all the box­ers should be con­grat­u­lated for per­form­ing so well on the night.

To the ac­tion then and in the open­ing bout, Sean Flem­ing had a ding dong bat­tle with Dar­rell Proc­tor from the Neil­stown club.

Both boys ex­changed com­bi­na­tions in a close en­counter. Daniel Feokry­tov was Ark­low's top un­der­age boxer of the night. He had no prob­lem giv­ing a year to Craig Kenneddy from Neil­stown and scored with bril­liant counter punch­ing through­out.

Eimhin McCormack was giv­ing a year and a weight di­vi­sion to Daniel O'Fla­herty from Neil­stown but that was no prob­lem to Eimhin who scored with solid rights to the head and moved well which im­pressed the judges. Daniel Byrne was a last minute re­place­ment and scored well, al­ways at­tack­ing against Bernard Low­ery, also from the Neil­stown club.

Liam Somers re­newed his ri­valry with Adam Sin­nott of Wick­low Box­ing Club. Both boys had won one each pre­vi­ously but Liam was the stronger boxer forc­ing the pace in all three rounds to win clearly.

Josh Whit­more had a hard fought bat­tle with Myles Mar­cus Sheridan from Gorey with both boys swap­ping com­bi­na­tions.

In the end Myles won by a very close split de­ci­sion. To­mas Lynch won out with a tremen­dous bat­tle with Leon Thomp­son from Neil­stown. Both boys im­pressed with their at­tack­ing abil­ity, To­mas us­ing his jab well to sway the judges.

JJ Si­b­ley from Gorey lost a tough bout against Bill Stokes from Neil­stown while an­other Gorey boy, Lee Byrne, was up again it with Kil­lian Ger­aghty from Neil­stown.

Le­in­ster Cham­pion Sean Crow­ley gave a year to Devin White from Neil­stown but the Ark­low boxer's foot­work and fast coun­ter­ing made a good win look easy as he picked off the Dublin boy.

Le­in­ster Cham­pion Liam Moore had a good test match with Ai­den Long from Rath­new. Liam's jab and two handed at­tacks looked im­pres­sive and the Ark­low boy showed su­per fit­ness to fin­ish with ease.

Aaron Tuke had a good win against Kian Marah from Rath­new, keep­ing the Rath­new boxer on the back foot for all three rounds.

Alan Dempsey had a great start against Peter Fabian from Crum­lin but al­lowed the Dublin boxer to come back in the sec­ond.

With all to go for in the fi­nal round, Alan at­tacked the Dublin boxer but lost on a split de­ci­sion.

Dar­ragh Keenan got back to win­ning ways with a work­man­like per­for­mance against Joe McDon­ald from Crum­lin.

Both box­ers had some suc­cess in the first and sec­ond rounds but Dar­ragh worked his jab well in the fi­nal round to clinch the de­ci­sion.

Aaron Lyons had a great test match with the tal­ented Dean McMil­lan from Crum­lin. Both box­ers slugged it out right to the end and was a great crowd pleaser.

In the fi­nal bout of the night, Le­in­ster Elite Cham­pion, Fer­gal Red­mond, had a good win against PJ Con­roy of Crum­lin, scor­ing well with good two-handed at­tacks to head and body.

Ark­low of­fi­cials are thank­ful for all the sup­port­ers who at­tended on such a wet night and thanks to Pat and Veron­ica Fitzger­ald who were main spon­sors and thanks to all our other raf­fle prize spon­sors and the staff of Ark­low Bay Ho­tel

Next week will be the turn of the Ark­low girls who take part in the Girls Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onships in Dun­dalk. Ark­low have three en­tries, Leanne Doyle, Is­abelle Dempsey, and Me­gan Myler and all three are skill­ful and ex­pected to do well.

Ark­low's three Le­in­ster cham­pi­onss will be in ac­tion in the Na­tion­als the week af­ter Easter. Good luck to them.

Mean­while the club have been in­vited to send a team to Gorey and Crum­lin to box on Good Fri­day and the club are hop­ing to match their new­com­ers in the fi­nal home tour­na­ment in the club in early May.

Adam Sin­nott from Wick­low and Liam Somers from Ark­low com­pet­ing dur­ing the Ark­low Box­ing Club tour­na­ment in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel last weekend.

Kian Marah from Rath­new drives at Liam Moore from Ark­low.

Daniel Byrne warms up with coach, Martin Wolo­han.

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