Thursday 27 July 2017

Whitehouse is back in business


GERARD Whitehouse made a winning return to action on Sunday when Bracken Boxing Club brought down the curtain on another great year with a show against Dungarvan in their clubhouse.

The 17-year-old star was withdrawn from the recent National Intermediate Championships because of a back injury, but was passed fit to box at the weekend and he duly accounted for fellow international Calvin Hayes. Whitehouse showed no signs of rustiness as he proved one step ahead all the way through the bout, punching that bit harder and quicker, and Hayes was happy to disengage in the latter stages to see out the final round. On a day when there were a number of exhibitions bouts, three other full contests also took place and there was disappointment for Dylan Boylan when he lost on points to Pat Cawley. Boylan had won two fights the previous weekend and was in a rich vein of form, but on this occasion Cawley's punches were slightly cleaner and he was a worthy winner. Josh McGough, another of Bracken's promising youngsters, was conceding a year in age to his opponent Tom Harty, but continued his recent revival with an excellent points victory. And there was the welcome return of Oisin Smyth who hadn't boxed for Bracken in a year because of work commitments. He returned to training recently and was pitted against Calvin Moylan in what turned out to be a tremendous fight. Smyth worked his left jab brilliantly and forced a standing count in round two, and although Moylan fought back in the final round the Bracken ace had done enough to win on points. There is Dublin League action this week for Eoin Maughan, Aaron Walsh and Shane Duffy, and attention then switches to Bracken's next major event in the Bracken Court Hotel on January 26th. The opposition for that show is due to be confirmed this week, but Whitehouse will be on the bill for Bracken and it's also hoped that Christopher O'Reilly will be able to make his comeback on the night.

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