Tuesday 25 April 2017

Hard-hitting Bracken ace marches on in league

ON a busy week for Bracken Boxing Club, Aaron Walsh continued his great run of results when booking his place in the Dublin League semi-finals at the National Stadium last Wednesday.

Fighting Jake Spencer from the Dublin Docklands club, a very tight contest ensued, but Walsh had the edge and ran out a 7-6 winner, with coach Kieran O'Neill believing his man was deserving of a more convincing scoreline. Fellow Bracken boy Josh McGough came through another tight affair against southpaw Martin Sweeney from the Golden Cobra club in Tallaght, finishing runner-up in the league after losing another bout on a countback earlier in the year. Ben Teeling, another of the Bracken contingent, renewed acquaintances with Martin Stokes, who is number one in Dublin at his weight and won their previous meeting. On this occasion Teeling made the stronger start and powered into a three-point lead, only for the experience of his opponent to come to the fore. Stokes chipped away at the deficit and clawed his way back to level terms heading into the final round, eventually finishing two points ahead of the promising Teeling. On Friday night Dylan Boylan made a welcome return to the ring for Bracken at one hour's notice after another boxer pulled out of a show in Raheny. And despite the extremely limited preparation, Boylan came through to win on points against Sligo opponent Jordan Kane. Boylan carried that momentum into a show in the Bracken clubhouse on Sunday morning, where he took on a former clubmate in Michael McDonagh. One-time Irish finalist McDonagh has now moved on to compete with the Bay City club, but met his match as Boylan collected another points victory. Also fighting on Sunday was Shane Duffy who enjoyed an encouraging points win over Andrei Deaconeasgu in his first decision bout, having caught the eye of the judges with his harder punches. And there was a hugely encouraging debut performance by 11-year-old Conor McAleer who impressed in an exhibition bout against James Lynch from the Westside club in Tallaght.

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