Seconds Out with Stephen Cunningham – December 2011
Last month was a busy month on the boxing circuit with a number of championships and tournaments taking place. Below is a round-up of all the latest boxing news in the Newry & Mourne area over the past four weeks.
Nine County Championships
The local clubs achieved huge success at the Nine County Championships held at Toome A.B.C. On 5th November with various titles coming back to the Newry and Mourne area. Sean Doran Keady A.B.C. had two winners with Odhran Fullerton wining the boy 2 31kg title and Connor Renaghan winning the boy 1 39 kg title with victory over Stephen Mc Girr of Omagh. St. John Bosco also had a great win with young Kane Tucker winning the Boy 1 46kg title on a 17-6 score line against Jack Doherty of St Josephs, Derry with Kane comfortably controlling the contest throughout. This added to the novice nine county title he picked up earlier in the season. Furthermore, Brendan Mc Parland claimed the boy 1 66kg title by walkover.
All Ireland Champion Eugene Mc Keever of St. Malachy’s Camlough kept his winning run going defeating a gusty Carl Mc Kernan of Clonard Belfast on a score line of 11 points to 4. All Ireland Finalist Allan White of St Brigids A.B.C. won his final 13 points to 3 against Matthew Muirnion of St. Bronaghs A.B.C. This victory was followed by his great semi – final stoppage of Patrick Coney of Loup. St. Bronaghs of Rostrevor performed well at the championships, being the only local club to have 3 finalists in the form of Shane Mc Garry, Oran Keddle and Matthew Muirnion.
Ulster Intermediate Championships
There was success for St. Pats of Newry at the Ulster Intermediate Championships held at the Dockers Club Belfast Friday the 11th November. Jason Barrons of St. Pats claimed the Super Heavyweight title in an all Newry clash with Colm McCabe of Ligonel. The final turned out to be an excellent contest with Jason moving well against the far bigger opponent McCabe. Barrons led 13-9 going into the last round and dug deep to survive an onslaught in the final round by McCabe, claiming the Ulster title on 20 points to 19 score line. McCabe has entered the national intermediate championships currently underway at the National Stadium, with Barrons missing out through injury. Other local boxers who boxed well but failed to progress to the finals were Stephen Mulholland St. Malachy’s, Brendan Magee St. Bronagh’s, Shane Mc Garry St. Bronagh’s, Patrick Fallon Camlough, Daniel Fullerton Sean Doran Keady and Sean Lennon Gilford.
National Intermediate Championships
The national intermediate championships are currently underway at the National Stadium in Dublin. There has been a few entries from the local area like Stephen Mulholland (above) of St. Malachy’s Camlough, Colm Mc Cabe who now boxes out of Ligonel in Belfast and Sean Lennon of Gilford. Stephen Mulholland (St Malachys) beat Andrew Delaney (Whitechurch) 12-7 in the quarter finals with a great performance. In the semi finals however, Stephen boxed superbly, falling short of a place in the final after losing on a close score line of 10-9 against David Roche of Riverston. This is the first appearance at the intermediate championships for the seventeen year old former cadet champion who has a bright future and will gain a lot of experience from this championship. McCabe and Lennon gave their best but both lost on points decisions. Michael McDonagh (Olympic) beat Colin McCabe (Ligoniel) 18-5 and Lennon lost out versus Petro Ursu (Lucan) 10-5.
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