Promising signs as Holy Family scoop four titles
HOLY Family Boxing Club have their sights set on some All-Ireland glory over the coming days and weeks after four of their youngsters won Leinster titles.
A total of 16 entrants from the Ballsgrove-based club contested the provincial championships in Athy and Newbridge over the past four weekends and the boys celebrating gold were Ben Bannon, Jerry Owens, Mason Moran and Vasyl Chechenskyy.
Bannon, competing in the Boy 2 60kg category, continued his winning streak with victories over Martin Mc Donagh (Dealgan BC) in the semi and then Rory Stokes of Connolly BC (Longford).
Owens (Boy 3 39kg) had to come through two fights en route to the final where his opponent Luke Barrett (Paulstown BC) showed great heart but was clearly out-boxed as the Holy Family youngster's strong jab and quick counter-attacking style paid dividens. Owens has shown continuous improvement and will be one to watch in the future.
Moran (Youth 1 63kg) won his first provincial crown with two strong performances against Gary Sweeney (Marble City BC) and then Brian Grace (Wexford New Ross BC), using his southpaw style, solid jab and straight left hand to outwit both opponents with relative ease.
Chechenskyy, fighting in the Youth 2 54kg division, won his fourth title in five years by defeating his old foes in the semi-final and final. First up was Joe Nevin (St Marys Daingean BC) in what turned out to be a scrappy affair because they were so familiar with each other's style, but the cleaner punches swayed the judges in favour of the Holy Family boxer.
The final produced a similar fight with Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC), with Chechenskyy again coming out the winner in a tight affair.
Padraig Convery, David Nevin, Dean Clarke and Michael Nevin also reached finals in their categories and could easily have added to Holy Family's list of champions.
The All-Irelands begin next weekend, with Chechenskyy and Moran taking part in the Boy 4 & Youth 1 & 2 Championships, and later in the month Bannon, Owens and Michael Walsh will have their opportunity in the younger age groups.