MEMBERS of Arklow Boxing Club had a busy week. Firstly 18 boxers took part in test matches in the gym against boxers from Ballywailtrim, Gorey, St. Ibars and Paulstown.
Sean Fleming was Arklows first boxer in action with Ultan O'Gorman (Gorey) and Andy Wall (Ballywailtrim).
Sean gave a fine exhibition of attacking and worked well against both boxers. Andriy Kulachenko of Arklow showed fine footwork and put in good combinations against a much taller G. Dunbar (Gorey).
Conor Finan showed power punching and was impressive Michael Laffin (St Ibars). Owen Moore was also in good form and showed some good defensive moves and counter punching against Darragh Sheridan (Gorey) and Chris Wall (Ballywailtrim).
Tomas Lynch was in fine form working a good jab against John Connors (Ballywailtrim). Two Arklow ladies boxers gave a good exhibition with one another Leah Brown and Enya Conroy both look good for the futures.
Sean Crowley had a cracking bout with old adversity Brandon O'Brien (Ballywaltrim).
In a Senior bout Fergal Redmond always looked in control against Jonathan Dowling (Paulstown) in an excellent contest.
Nathan Mc Carthy boxed against a tall opponent T. Kane from Gorey and moved well to counter with his jab.
Ryan Kenny having his first test match had a good workout with Paul Leonard (St Ibars) and was always on top. Zara Kavanagh and Dillon Kinsella both from Arklow gave a fine exhibition of boxing and power punching.
Aaron Tuke had a tough contest with Luke Aldridge (St. Ibars) but was in control in the end.
Paddy Mc Kenxie had a tremendous battle with Irish champion Sean Dempsey (Gorey). Both boxers scoring with solid left crosses. Elaine Harrison was Arklow's last boxer in action in a cracking bout with Sarah Sheridan (Gorey).
Meanwhile five boxers boxed in the Wexford open league on Sunday. Ethan Fleming was making his debut against Philip Laverty (Tramore). Ethan gave a good account of himself but the Tramore boxer's attacking style earned him the verdict.
Tomas Lynch put last week's loss behind him with a fine display of boxing against Brendan Dodd (Clonard). It was Tomas' right cross which scored best during a good bout.
Paddy Mckenzie showed some fine footwork against an aggressive Sean O'Neill (Paulstown). Paddy countered well with solid right hooks and left crosses and won on points.
Aaron Tuke had his first win in a ding dong battle with Lee Hore (Ballagh). Aaron earned a close decision by using his left jab to good effect.
Aaron Lyons was involved in a tremendous battle with Conor Walsh (Tramore). Walsh got on top early on using his reach to good effect but Aaron continued to edge forward with good body shots.
He caught Walsh with a cracking right hand and when he landed a second it looked as if the Tramore boxer would go down but he just hung on to win on points. It was one of the best bouts in the League for years.
On goes the countdown to the club's annual sponsored tournament in the Arklow Bay Hotel on 9th November. The club will finalise the programme in the next two weeks.
With the main event being Arklow's Sean Allen against the superb Joe Ward in what should be an intriging bout.
At middle weight Adam Keenan will box former Irish Youth Champion Eric Byrne Wexford CBS. Aaron Lyons takes on another Irish champion in Dean Walsh (St. Ibars). With lots of options still open the club is confident of matching their Senior Intermediate and schoolboy boxers. Fergal Redmond, Colm O'Neill, Elaine Harrison, Darragh Keenan, Leinster champions Conor Kenny, Peter Byrne and Paddy McKenzie. Of the first year schoolboys the club are hoping to match Liam Moore, Sean Crowley, Tomas Lynch, Darragh O'Shaughnessy, Aaron Tuke and possible some exhibitions of the up and coming new boxers.