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WICK­LOw BOx­ING LEAGuE AC­tION SES­SION 4 of Wick­low Box­ing League was held n Ark­low last Sun­day

Although 16 bouts were sched­uled to take place on Sun­day morn­ing in Ark­low Box­ing Club 10 clashes went ahead due to cry offs for var­i­ous rea­sons.

The stan­dard of all 10 bouts were a credit to the boys in­volved with each boxer giv­ing their very best.

First in were Sean Flem­ing of Ark­low who had a ding dong bat­tle with Jake Brady of Wick­low. Both boys took turns at throw­ing com­bi­na­tions, jabs, and hooks in a toe-to-toe en­ter­tain­ing bout.

Next in were Michael Moore­house and Mark Melia of Wick­low. Melia had the reach on Moore­house with big long jabs that Michael did his best to counter and he had some suc­cess in round 3 when Melia tired. This was another crowd pleaser of a bout.

In bout three, Daniel Byrne from Ark­low boxed Michael Cash of Wick­low. South­paw Cash looked much taller than Daniel and had the long jab to go with it but Daniel used his big hooks to good ef­fect when he got inside Michael’s reach. Again noth­ing in it at the end.

An­drei Ku­lachenko fought Jor­dan Moore­house of En­niskerry. An­drei used his big left jab to good ef­fect but Jor­dan looked im­pres­sive also scor­ing with some great hooks when he got inside.

Dil­lon Seabrooke of Ark­low boxed Andy Wall from En­niskerry. Andy was in con­trol for most of the contest with his big com­bi­na­tions but Dil­lon had a good last round work­ing inside counter punch­ing.

Dy­lan Fur­long of Ark­low faced off against Craig Maguire from Bless­ing­ton.

The de­cider in this bout was Dy­lan’s more ac­cu­rate punch­ing, pick­ing Craig off, es­pe­cially in the first two rounds.

Liam Somers of Ark­low started off very strong with some good hard jabs and hooks against Tris­tan O’Con­nor of Bless­ing­ton.

Tris­tan tried his best to work inside but Liam al­ways was in con­trol. Dar­ragh O’Shaugh­nessy was al­ways up again it when box­ing the heav­ier and stronger Nathan Byrne of Rath­new BC .

Dar­ragh held in there, not al­ways giv­ing Nathan his own way, but the Ark­low boy showed great guts go­ing all three rounds.

Aaron Tuke of Ark­low was the more ac­cu­rate and harder puncher against Joe Ward of Bless­ing­ton.

Both box­ers seemed to be siz­ing each other up and giv­ing each other turns at throw­ing com­bi­na­tion flur­ries in a cagey af­fair.

The day fin­ished up with a three way spar with Josh Whit­more and Nathan Mc Carthy from Ark­low and Aaron Balfe of Bless­ing­ton. The three boys gave it their best in the con­tin­u­ous 45 sec­ond rounds as they showed some good box­ing skills and hold­ing noth­ing back.

The league will be fi­nalised in early Jan­uary with a full pro­gramme in Bless­ing­ton Box­ing Club. Cer­tifi­cates and medals will be awarded on that day to all box­ers who boxed in this years league so a big day is in store. De­tails later.

In other news, Ark­low Box­ing Club have a club show on Thurs­day night, De­cem­ber 18 in their gym­na­sium start­ing at 6.30pm. This show is a test match show against op­po­si­tion from St Ibars, Sacre Couer, and the Bal­lagh, all clubs from Co. Wex­ford and will fea­ture some of Ark­low’s up and com­ing young box­ers along with their more Se­nior cham­pi­onship team.

A good night’s box­ing is guar­an­teed. Train­ing for club mem­bers fin­ishes on Fri­day night, De­cem­ber 19 with a party for the younger mem­bers and a visit from a man in a red suit is ex­pected.

The Le­in­ster team boys and girls will be in heavy train­ing twice a day over Christ­mas for the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onships which take place in Jan­uary. We wish them well and ex­pect to bring home the medals.

Ark­low BC would like to wish all their sup­port­ers, helpers, and spon­sors a very happy Christ­mas and thanks to Bren­dan, Deb­o­rah, and Garry of the Wick­low Peo­ple for all their cov­er­age on a weekly ba­sis all year round.

Mark Melia and Michael Moore­house in ac­tion at the Ark­low Box­ing Club league chal­lenge.

Sean Flem­ing and Jake Brady in ac­tion.

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