Clancy wins his fifth National title
Teenage Sligo boxer Dean Clancy won his fifth National title recently and is a real boxing star to watch,
The Ballinacarrow boxer, 16, was the younger to enter these championships as he moved up from junior level to youth level and certainly didn't look out of place fighting older opponents.
The Sligo ace beat Ulster's Sean Kelly 5.0 in the quarters and Munster's John Cowman 5.0 in the semi-finals.
Clancy then beat Cork's Owen McDonagh 5.0 in the final, McDonagh is himself a multiple Irish champion and two years older than the Sligo boxer.
Clancy's footwork and hand speed was too much for the Cork lad.
This win now puts Clancy on the Irish team heading to Italy for the European Youth Championships in April.
This will be Clancy's second international in six months as he secured a Silver medal in September's Junior Europeans.
A medal in Italy will qualify Clancy for the Youth Olympics in Argentina later this year which is the ultimate goal for the boxer.
He will also be fighting for his 6th Irish title in no less than 5 weeks as he moves back down to Junior to defend his title from last year.
Clancy's older brother Jason was also fighting the same weekend in the U22 Championships, losing in the semi-finals to one of Ireland's elite boxers, Conor Wallace from UIster.
The Ballinacarrow boxer was the underdog going into this fight in many people's eyes but the confident boxer shocked many in attendance as Clancy out boxed Wallace in every department and winning the first round easy. However Clancy tired in the middle of the 2nd and 3rd rounds such was the pace of the fight.
The boxer's father, also Jason, said: "Skill did not lose this fight for my son it was elite fitness. Wallace is an elite fighter who can keep this pace up for 6 rounds easy, we know now the difference in senior level and elite level and will be working more on fitness this year and hopefully get a rattle at Wallace again. Jason's performance got him noticed with a scout and he has been called up for international duty to be on the Irish team heading to New York this March," Jason added.
The two brothers also received awards on Saturday at the annual IABA awards night. Jason received the Best Senior boxer award, while Dean got an International Achievement Award, a great start for the ear for the two Sligo boxing brothers.