Super morning’s boxing in Rathnew as league thrives
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.