Saturday 15 December 2018

Plenty of festive cheer for Swords fighters


The festive period came early for Swords Boxing Club as they captured some notable victories, led by John Fay who won his third and fourth titles of 2017 in quick succession.

Fay won through to the final at the Louth Championships at Drogheda BC by stopping Jack Conway of St Patrick's in a preliminary contest.

Dean Smithers and Emmanuel Sakolli were the first Swords boxers to compete in finals and both ended up on the wrong end of 2-1 split decisions.

Next into the ring was John Fay whose opponent in the decider was Iain McCormack from Holy Family. Round one was scrappy, but in the second Fay got up on his toes and boxed long, landing his backhand as McCormack resorted to holding.

In round three Fay moved better and used his jab, and it was no surprise when the Ballyboughal native got the verdict.

Swords' second title-winner was Oisin Forde who was in control throughout his bout against Michael Doherty (Ardee), using his jab and backhand and landing some fine upper cuts.

A Swords hat-trick was completed when Jordan Hoey landed a big right hand to the body of Jordan McLoughlin (Ardee) at the end of round one in his final.

Niamh Fay then showed her entire range of skills in defeating Nicole McCabe (OHP).

Also over the Christmas period, Swords boxers were busy in the Dublin League Finals, starting with Andrey Pricop who did well against the counter-attacking Dave Kavanagh but didn't get the verdict.

There was better news for Eoghan Reilly who overcame Sean Kelly Blaides (Ballybrack) in the Youth 1 75kg decider after forcing two standing counts.

Then it was John Fay's turn to step back into the ring and in a hard-fought contest the Swords boxer plundered his second title in the space of a few days against Chris Joyce (Ballymun).

Elsewhere, two more of the Fay siblings were in action in the St Bridget's BC Christmas club show, led by Irish champion Niamh who produced a fine display in a no-decision contest against Marguerita Nevin from Kildare.

Niamh's nine-year-old brother Darragh, a southpaw, showed impressive skills for his age in his first away bout.

Fingal Independent