IN THEIR second test match of the year Arklow's young boxers showed great improvement and proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
First up was the youngest member of the team Eimhin Mccormack against John Connors from Ballywaltrim. From the start Eimhin edged forward throwing solid left right combinations. When
Conors attacked, Eimhin just moved out ofrange and quickly countered the Bray boxer.
Aaron Tuke showed nice counter punching against Aaron Earle Gorey using his left jab as his main weapon.
Oran Walker showed his skill against Myles Sheridan of Gorey. Oran attacked from his southpaw stance with good right and lefts to the head and moved well around the ring.
Darragh O'shaugnessy was having his first lest fight and did really well against Ryan Doyle from Gorey. Using fast two handed attacks Darragh looked in control.
The large crowd was treated to a cracking welterweight test between Fergal Redmond and Robert Carty from the Ryston club in Newbridge.this was a fine battle with Fergal having the edge and used all his vast experience to control the contest.
Two Arklow boxers Conor Finan and Aaron O'neill had a solid battle with the bout swinging to and fro to give maximum entertainment.
Thomas Lynch had a great bout with Adam Sinnot (Q,L.O.F Wicklow). The Wicklow fighter attacked from the start but in the second and third rounds Thomas used his footwork well and then scored with great counter combinations head and body.
Sean Crowley had a cracking battle with Ryan Kirwan of Sacre Couer. It was Sean's long range punching that made the difference catchimg Kirwan as he tried to move forward,
Liarn Moore boxed like his uncle James at the same age against Liarn Gregory Hayes from O.L,O.F.
Liam edged forward and leaned back to counter Hayes with a solid jab. He also put in two handed attacks and was always in control.
Newly crowned Leinster champions Paddy Mckenzie and Sean Dempsey from Gorey had a good fight. Dempsey caught Paddy with solid lefts in the first round but in the second and third it was a ding dong battle.
Alan Dempsey was in control against Darragh Mcbride from Sacre Couer. Alan used his left hand well and put in the occasional right for good measure.
Conor kenny had a great battle with Michael Kehoe of Sacre Coucr. Conor stood off for awhile and let Kehoe control the fight but in the second and third turned it around to come out on top.conor followed this test up with a tight on The Ballagh show in Curracloe on Saturday night.
Conor recorded a win on this event when he out boxed Eoin O'neill from The Ballagh to get a unanamous decision. It was Conor's long range punching that made the difference.
Elaine Harrison had her first test match in the Arklow colours when she went toe to toe against newly crowned Irish champion Sarah Sheridan from Gorey. Again the Arklow girl used her solid left jab to
set up fast two handed attacks but Elaine's jab gave her the edge in this classic test match.
Darragh Keenan had a cracking battle with Paul O'rourke from Borough in the final test of the night. It was a flat out battle with both boxers scoring good shots to head and body.
Darragh and Fergal Redmond will box in Ferns on Easter Sunday next. Darragh is in training for the National Youths which take place in May at the National Stadium.
Meanwhile Arklow's two Leinster champions Paddy Mckenzle and Peter Byrne will weigh in for the National finals on Good Friday and boxing starts on Tuesday next.
Arklow Boxing Club will hold their next set of test matches at the Gym on Wednesday 25th April and boxers from St Ibars and St Aidans.