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Friday 22 March 2019

Where there's a will there's a way for Ballyboughal's Niamh

Boxing

Ballyboughal girl Niamh Fay had a bittersweet Sunday afternoon after she lost her Ringa Ladies Boxing Cup decider in the Latvia capital but still came away with a trophy.

Fay had produced two impressive displays to win through to the decider, starting with a quarter-final victory over Bettina Kiss of Hungary.

The Swords BC girl got her jab working nicely from the opening seconds and finished the first three-minute round by giving Kiss a standing count.

Kiss took another count in round two and Fay relentlessly went after her opponent straight after, giving the referee no option but to stop the contest.

The Ballyboughal girl's semi-final against Dominika Pogrzebska also didn't go the full distance as the Polish girl's tactics of holding at every opportunity fell foul of the referee.

After giving Pogrzebska a warning and a point deduction, the Pole couldn't cope with Fay's pressure in round two and the official gave her another warning before eventually disqualifying her for continuing to run and hold.

The final against Denmark's Melissa Mortensen started well for 'Fast Hands' Fay as she combined jabs and backhands to the body with hooks to the head, winning over the judges in the first round.

Round two seemed to be going Fay's way as well as she continued landing punches, but she was then caught by one particular backhand that seemed to sway the judges and they gave the round to Mortensen, much to the Fay corner's surprise.

Undeterred, Fay went at her opponent again in the final round and seemed really effective as she landed a series of punches, while Mortensen threw a lot but didn't land many.

There was dismay for Ballyboughal's finest when the verdict went to Mortensen on a 3-2 split decision, but there was some consolation when she was then awarded the 'Will to Win' trophy - selected by the organisers - for her efforts throughout the competition.

Closer to home, Swords BC had Cameron Bennett fighting in Cornwall in England where his lead hooks and backhands earned him a creditable win over three rounds.

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