Fear­less Tredagh boxer scoops Le­in­ster crown

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Tredagh Box­ing Club in As­ton Vil­lage was well rep­re­sented at the re­cent Le­in­ster Box­ing Cham­pi­onships which was held at the Rys­ton club in Kil­dare. Jerry Mc Don­agh en­tered the Boy 1 – 33 kg di­vi­sion­tak­ing on Cal­lum Maher from Bal­ly­nacargy Box­ing Club in West­meath. Both boys were evenly matched and Jerry ap­peared to win the first round. How­ever, Maher fought his way back into the fight to edge the next two rounds and take the de­ci­sion of the judges. De­spite the de­feat it was great ex­pe­ri­ence for Jerry in his first Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onships. Eoin ‘Fear­less’ Fin­glas en­tered the Boy 3 – 65 kg Cham­pi­onships and took on John Mc Don­agh from Na­van Box­ing Club in teh fi­nal. Mc Don­agh was a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent be­ing a for­mer Le­in­ster Cham­pion and All Ire­land fi­nal­ist. Eoin reached last year’s Le­in­ster fi­nal los­ing out on a close 3-2 split de­ci­sion and the clash had all the mak­ings of an ex­cit­ing fi­nal. ‘Fear­less’ took a large crowd of sup­port­ers to the fi­nals with club­mates, friends and fam­ily descend­ing on the New­bridge venue. The open­ing bell saw the strong Mc Don­agh come for­ward and push Eoin back­wards, but ‘Fear­less’ didn’t panic and used his counter-punch­ing box­ing skills to keep out of trou­ble in the open­ing half of the round. Eoin’s fast counter-punch­ing and quar­ter turn­ing gave him the mo­men­tum mid-way through the round which al­lowed him to take con­trol of the ring. The fi­nal 30 sec­onds of the round saw ‘Fear­less’ be­come the ag­gres­sor and he landed some heavy right hand crosses which kept Mc Don­agh on the back foot in a close tac­ti­cal round. The sec­ond round saw Mc Don­agh press for­ward once again from the bell and on this oc­ca­sion ‘Fear­less’ met him head on. ‘Fear­less’ landed the heav­ier of the ex­changes which forced Mc Don­agh onto the back foot which he fol­lowed up with swift com­bi­na­tions while land­ing a heavy right up­per­cut. But Mc Don­agh con­tin­ued to press for­ward only to be met with heavy com­bi­na­tions while ‘Fear­less’ changed his an­gles and worked the body and head to great ef­fect un­til the end of the round. The fi­nal round saw Mc Don­agh more cau­tious at the be­gin­ning of the round and ‘Fear­less’ con­tin­ued to catch him with fast men­ac­ing com­bi­na­tions. Mc Don­agh had some suc­cess with the lead jab in the mid­dle of the round. The fi­nal 30 sec­onds of the round saw the hun­gry ‘Fear­less’ press for­ward and landed some fan­tas­tic right hooks and pun­ish his op­po­nent to the body in the up close en­coun­ters. In the fi­nal 10 sec­onds ‘Fear­less’ pinned his op­po­nent in his own cor­ner landed some heavy com­bi­na­tions which had the ref­eree look­ing closely at the for­mer champ. The fi­nal de­ci­sion saw Eoin ‘Fear­less’ Fin­glas’s hand raised and crowned the 2017 Le­in­ster Cham­pion by a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion on all five judges cards. The large crowd fol­low­ing ‘Fear­less’ showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a fan­tas­tic dis­play of box­ing. The St. Joseph’s CBS first year stu­dent will now go on to rep­re­sent Tredagh Box­ing Club and be the Le­in­ster rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the All Ire­land Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in the coming weeks which will be held at the Na­tional Box­ing Sta­dium in Dublin. Other Tredagh Box­ers have been busy in re­cent weeks with Jordan ‘Tiger’ Car­ragher los­ing out in the Youth Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onships on a very close de­ci­sion to the even­tual Le­in­ster and All Ire­land Cham­pion Hughie Nevin (Port­laoise Box­ing Club). Antony Canny, at 17 years old, lost a close de­ci­sion in the semi fi­nals of the All Ire­land Se­nior Novice Cham­pi­onships held at the Na­tional Box­ing Sta­dium to the even­tual win­ner. An­thony gained in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence start­ing out on his jour­ney. There will be a num­ber of the clubs girl box­ers en­ter­ing into the girls Le­in­ster Box­ing Cham­pi­onships coming up in Ark­low over the coming weeks. Tredagh Box­ing Club will also host an­other visiting club from Eng­land on Thurs­day 25th May. West War­rick’s Box­ing Club from Birm­ing­ham will visit Drogheda for a tour­na­ment with Tredagh B.C. which will be held at Mc Hughes Func­tion Room on the Cord Road for an­other fan­tas­tic night of in­ter­na­tional box­ing.

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