Saturday 20 April 2019

Family history bodes well for hopeful Hyde ahead of Kehoe test

 

'Hyde, who boxes out of the Mayfield BC, is confident the title is going back to the Rebel County, but Kehoe has other plans.' Photo: Stock Image
'Hyde, who boxes out of the Mayfield BC, is confident the title is going back to the Rebel County, but Kehoe has other plans.' Photo: Stock Image

Bernard O'Neill

Cork light heavyweight Tommy Hyde will be aiming to bridge a 72-year gap at Dublin’s National Stadium tonight.

The Leesider meets Kilkenny’s Kevin Kehoe for 81kg gold over seven decades after his great grand uncle, also Tommy Hyde, won an Irish belt at the same venue in 1946.

Hyde, who boxes out of the Mayfield BC, is confident the title is going back to the Rebel County, but Kehoe has other plans.

“My main focus now is the Seniors which will set me up for the Elites in February. It’s great to be back fighting in the All Ireland’s again, I can’t wait for the final,” said Hyde.

But there’s no other place Marble City BC stand out Kehoe would rather be this evening either: “I’m looking forward to the final.

“It’s where we planned to be from the start of the tournament,” he said.

Meanwhile, World Youth medallists Gabriel Dossent and Caitlin Fryers meet Kirsten Cresham and Christopher Mulligan for the middleweight and flyweight belts tonight.

“Gabriel is in flying form and really looking forward to it. This is Gabriel’s 10th National final but his first at Senior Championship level,” said his Olympic BC coach Mike Mongan,

“The aim is to stay busy in the run up to the National Elite Championships.”

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