Su­per morn­ing’s box­ing in Rath­new as league thrives

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RATH­NEW ses­sion of Wick­low Box­ing league a great suc­cess

A full attendance at Rath­new Box­ing Club wit­nessed box­ing at its best in Rath­new on Sun­day last.

The 11 matches were test matches but this did not take from the tremen­dous ef­forts by all the box­ers tak­ing part from Rath­new, Wick­low, Fas­saroe, Bray, Ark­low, and Bless­ing­ton and a mid­dleweight boxer from Monkstown.

Michael Moore­house from Ark­low and Jake Brady from Wick­low were first in the ring. The two box­ers gave it all with some good com­bi­na­tions from them both; Jake work­ing with a good left jab, Michael coun­ter­ing as best he could.

Next in to the ring were Callum Clarke of Wick­low and Callum O’Neill from Ark­low in the bat­tle of the Cal­lums.

Clarke used his left jab well while box­ing on the back foot while O’Neill was busy throw­ing plenty of punches with Clarke tak­ing most of them on the gloves.

Bran­don Ea­ger from the Rath­new club had a bad first round against Jim O’Con­nor from Wick­low but found his range in Round 2 with both box­ers giv­ing ev­ery­thing they had in the last round end­ing the bout on an even keel.

Girl box­ers Caitlin Ka­vanagh from Rath­new and El­lie Smith from Over­com­ers BC, the new­est club in Wick­low, had some good ex­changes. Both girls were us­ing left and rights to good ef­fect.

Kil­lian Clarke of Rath­new and Sean Plun­kett of Bray had a humdinger with Plun­kett be­ing the harder hit­ter in the first round with some good left right com­bi­na­tions.

Clarke coun­tered in the sec­ond and third rounds in a good even af­fair.

In the mid­dleweight test match, Niall O’Con­nor trav­elled down from Monkstown to box Pa­trick Keogh from Rath­new. O’Con­nor was the stronger in the first but Keogh came out in the sec­ond and third rounds putting it up to O Con­nor who re­ceived a cut eye in­jury in the sec­ond but held on to the bell in Round 3, both box­ers hit­ting hard in a tit for tat crowd pleaser.

Adam Sin­nott of Wick­low and Jake McMa­hon from Bray were both slow to find the range but both got go­ing and they started throw­ing some good com­bi­na­tions in a close en­counter.

Ark­low’s Eimhin McCor­mack used his jab and big right hooks well against Jamie O’Brien from Over­com­ers. O Brien coun­tered well with left and right hooks in another even contest.

Ja­son Breen from Ark­low boxed Sean Lambe from Bless­ing­ton. Ja­son’s longer reach and good jabs and his abil­ity to pick his punches had Lambe on the back foot but the Bless­ing­ton boxer never gave up, coun­ter­ing well at times.

Sean Somers of Ark­low and Colum Lun­ders of Bless­ing­ton had the fight of the day. Both box­ers gave their all with Somers edg­ing the first round after putting on pres­sure from the start. Lun­ders did well by cov­er­ing and coun­ter­ing.

Lun­ders came out with all guns blaz­ing in round two, and round three was a great bat­tle with both box­ers throw­ing all they had to the de­light of the crowd.

In the last bout of the day, Cian Byrne of Rath­new and Jor­dan Balfe of Bless­ing­ton started well with south­paw Balfe us­ing his right jab to good ef­fect.

In round two Byrne came out with some good com­bi­na­tions inside Balfe’s reach and was hit­ting very hard.

Both box­ers then gave an ex­hi­bi­tion of box­ing at its best in round three. This was another good even contest.

Ses­sion four of the League will take place in Ark­low Box­ing Club on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 14 at 11am. Ad­mis­sion €5 for adults while chil­dren go free.

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