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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.