Wednesday 24 January 2018

Keenan bags a provincial title

ARKLOW middle weight boxer Adam Keenan had a major win on Wednesday night when he won the Leinster Senior boxing title.

Adam's opponent John Cahill from Dublins Mount Tallant club was, like Adam, having his first shot at the Leinster Seniors.

The bout started slowly with the Dublin boxer using his jab to keep Adam at bay. This tactic didn't work as Adam soon found the distance and scored with some solid hooks to the head and body.

Towards the end of the second round Adam landed a vicious hook to the head and the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

Fergal Redmond's luck hasn't changed as he came out the wrong side of a 2-1 decision in the final against Lucas Ursa of Lucan.

A lot of people thought Fergal had done enough to win but it wasn't to be.

In the Irish Intermediates final Elaine Harrison from Arklow had a tough battle with Lynsie Doyle of Gorey with the Arklow girl losing by a unanimous decision.

In the Ballywailtrim tournament on Thursday night Owen Moore gave a good display against Brian Kinlan scoring with good jabs against the stocky Bray boxer.

Liam Somers made his debut against Paddy Fitzgerald from Ballywailtrim and scored with both hands in a lively contest.

Eimhin McCormack was too good for Ollie Kelly and scored well with two fisted attacks in an excellent display.

Sean Fleming was in a great battle with Tom Devlin from Ballywailtrim. Both boxers went at it toe to toe which pleased the Bray supporters.

On Sunday four boxers travelled to Hollywood to take on boxers from the Hollywood/Ballymore club in an underage tournament.

Owen Moore was first in action against Benin Lynch and gave a fine exhibition of left hand jabbing.

Jason Breen made his debut against Conor Gilroy and was very impressive with two handed attacks and good footwork.

Liam Somers having his second contest of the week boxed John Sammon and it was John's jab that separated the boxers in a hard fought contest.

Arklow's fourth boxer was Eimhin McCormack and Eimhin's footwork and quick attacks had Sean Farrell wondering how to pin down the Arklow boxer.

In the Wexford league on Saturday Sean Crowley lost a close decision to Ryan Kirwan in a rematch.

Aaron Tuke was unlucky to lose by split decision to Conor Bailey of The Ballagh while Darragh O'Shaughnessy lost to Jack Roache of The Ballagh.

The club hold their final tournament of the season on Wednesday night December 19 (tonight) in their gymnasium on Emoclew Road starting at 7.30pm. Admission is - adults €5, children free.

Arklow boxers who take on Ryston club are Sean Fleming, Andreyie Kurlachenko Eimhin McCormack Owen Moore, Jason Breen, Conor Finan, Tomas Lynch, Sean Crowley Ryan Kenny and Liam Moore.

Three of the club's girls will be in action Liah Browne Enya Conroy and Isabella Dempsey will be making her debut.

The club are trying to match more of their boxers but with so many clubs holding tournaments this week are finding it difficult.

Boxers we are trying to match are Peter Byrne Ethan Fleming, Dean and Nathan McCarthy, Dillon Kinsella, Aaron Tuke and Darragh O'Shaughnessy.

Boxers are reminded of their Christmas party in the club on Friday night and the boxing committee and coaches wish all their supporters a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2013.

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