JASON KIRWAN of The Ballagh B.C. represented his country on Thursday night last in Westport against England. Jason was matched against England's number two Senior, the highly-rated Jimmy Cooper of Golden Ring.
The first round finished with Kirwan behind 4-3, and the second round finished 4-3 again. Kirwan needed a big third round and that's exactly what he did, producing some great shots. The final score was 11-10 in favour of the English man. It was a great performance by Kirwan.
Three Wexford boxers started their bid to become national Intermediate champions in Dublin on Friday night last. First into the ring was Jason Kirwan at 57 kgs., having boxed for Ireland the night before. He was drawn against Jamie Long from Sunnyside (Cork).
Kirwan, who had beaten Long in the semi-final of the Under-23 championships last month by one point, proved too much for Long this time, beating him on a scoreline of 15-6.
Dean Walsh of St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's at 60 kgs. was next into the ring, meeting Noel Kehoe of Marble City (Kilkenny). Walsh, having beaten Kehoe already in the Leinster Intermediates, again proved too much for his opponent, seeing him off on a scoreline of 15-5.
Johnny Dwyer of St. Aidans at 71kg. was next into the ring, meeting Holy Family (Drogheda) boxer Richard Brennan. Dwyer was far too strong and put Brennan down in the second round with a straight right hand, with the referee stopping the bout.
Dwyer was out again on Saturday morning, meeting a clubmate of Brennan, Michael Dyas. Dwyer wasted no time in showing his strength by stopping Dyas in the opening round.
Boxing will resume Friday night when Kirwan and Walsh will be in action again.