Thursday 21 September 2017

Boxing: Double delight for Hickey

Bernard O'Neill

Ross Hickey was celebrating on the double at Friday's Elite National Championships finals night after claiming the 64kg title and also picking up the Boxer of the Tournament award at the National Stadium in Dublin.

The hard-punching light-welterweight produced a fantastic performance to beat Crumlin's Philip Sutcliffe 14-4. "I was delighted with the win, although it was a very tough final with Philip," said Hickey.

Meanwhile, European silver medalist Darren O'Neill could afford to cede two points on foot of a public warning for a low blow versus 2009 European Youth champion Jason Quigley and still win his third middleweight title on the trot. O'Neill posted a 7-4 decision over Quigley.

Heavyweight Con Sheehan capped a very impressive campaign with 9-3 victory over Patrick Corcoran, the Clonmel BC man coming from behind to bag his fourth 91kg title on the trot.

The 60kg title went to Michael McDonagh. The St Mary's BC lightweight was 6-5 up in the third and final round when David Oliver Joyce was disqualified for a low blow.

Defending champion John Joe Nevin had too much ring craft for European bronze medalist Tyrone McCullagh in the 56kg decider, winning 5-2.

Defending super-heavyweight champion Cathal McMonagle posted an impressive verdict over Athlone's Kenneth Okungbowa, who was making his senior debut. McMonagle earned a 12-5 decision.

Seventeen-year-old Joe Ward, the 2009/10 AIBA World Youth champion, produced the biggest upset of the championships with an 11-6 win over Ken Egan, who was aiming for 11 senior titles in a row.

Egan went down twice under big lefts from Ward and also ceded four points after receiving public warnings for dropping his head and shoulder.

"My goal this year is the World Championships in Baku," said Ward. "I've won a lot of gold medals over the last few years there and if I win one again then I will be going to the Olympics."

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