Boxing: Schoolboy International Round-up

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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Eugene Mc Keever (St Malachy’s), Odhran Fullerton (Keady) and Kane Tucker (Bosco) represented their countries on the international scene.

Mc Keever (St Malachy’s) and Fullerton (Keady) boxed on an Irish Select team versus Cork in the National Stadium Dublin. Irish Champion Eugene Mc Keever boxed really well against another Irish Champion James O’Leary of Cork with the fight finishing on points 3-3 and the contest going to a countback in favour of O’ Leary. Fullerton of Keady won in more convincing fashion defeating Orin Mc Donagh 10-5 which was a great result for the nine counties champion with his first appearance at the National Stadium.

This was great coverage for the local boxers as the National Elite Championships are also currently underway at the Stadium so it gives the lads a great chance to showcase their talents in front of the top coaches in Ireland.

BOSCO ABC boxer Kane Tucker has been selected to compete in the prestigious Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project after a great victory on Saturday night. Kane was part of the Irish team who boxed a team from the USA last Friday on a great bill in the Europa Hotel Belfast.

Kane defeated American Umar Ali on a unaminous points decision. Kane started the first round very well leading with his long jab, lining up his opponent Umar Ali from the USA for his big right hand. The fight continued this way as the the young boxer from the USA was a very cagey opponent and Kane had to wait for his openings. At the start of the second round was the Kane near stopped the American. The third round started with the Amir behind and really at this stage he had to go for the stoppage which never came as Kane seen the third round out with this long jab taking victory on a points decision. This was a great win for Kane as both boxers had been unbeaten to date. This win adds to Kane’s collection of Armagh/Down, 9 county novice, 9 county open, County Louth, and Mid Ulster novice champion.

The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project is a Washington, DC based non-profit organisation dedicated to providing support for at-risk youth through cultural exchange and international athletic competition, with a focus on the Washington, DC metropolitan area and Belfast. The purpose of the Project is to offer an annual cultural and athletic exchange program, and to provide financial assistance and equipment to appropriate non-profit organisations, which offer athletic, and after-school programs for young adults.


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