SLIGO'S 15-year wait for a national intermediate boxing title in the light heavy weight division came to an end at the National Stadium last Friday
Ballinacarrow Boxing Club member, Liam Greene, took the coveted bBelt in impressive fashion with a convincing win over club mate, Eamon Tighe, in an exciting contest.
In winning the title, Greene became the first boxer from a Sligo club to win the Intermediate light heavyweight crown since the all-conquering Alan Reynolds in 1997.
Reynolds and his brother, Stephen, are now coaches at the Ballinacarrow Club along with Kevin Mullen and Paddy Kilcoyne.
Twenty years old Greene, a native of Cootehall, County Cavan, has been with the Ballinacarrow club for the past four years.
He competed at national finals in the last thee seasons and finally made the big breakthrough on Friday.
"Liam put in a massive amount of training over the last few months and it paid off. He had a game plan he stuck to it and he just had too much for Eamon on the night", said Stephen Reynolds. "Liam will now be looking to make an impact at senior level. There's a lot of room for improvement to compete at that level but he can go all the way if he puts in the required effort."
Greene dominated the first two rounds of last Friday's bout and had put himself into a commanding position.
To his credit, Tighe came back strongly in round three, earning a 4-4 tie in the last round, but Greene had the title safely in the bag by then and emerged with a 19-12 victory.
Despite Tighe's setback on the night, a bright future is still predicted for the 19 years old Ballymote fighter.
"Eamon is a very skilful boxer, he will come back bigger and stronger and this experience will stand to him. I don't think he will let another title pass him by"
Last week-end's action kickstarted a busy period for the Ballinacarrow club who will have fighters in action at national championships at various grades early in 2013.
Joe Hurst, Barry Kennedy and Conor McCannon are among their hopefuls for the National Novices Championships in January while they will also be well represented at the national senior chanmpionships in February.
John Tighe wil be a strong contender in the middle weight division here while Maeve Clarke will target the 48 kilo event in the ladies championships