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Boxing club gears up for busy few months ahead

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Boxing club gears up for busy few months ahead thumbnailDaniel Waugh (right) after his exhibition bout on Sunday. 

ALTHOUGH things have been relatively quiet on the boxing scene since the end of January, that is all about to change in the next few weeks as training has been stepped up to four times a week.

This is in preparation for the Antrim and Irish championships in Boy/Girl 123 categories and for our Girl 4 52kg boxer Morgan McNulty who weighed in on Sunday morning past for the Irish Cadet championship, which will be boxed in The National Staidum Dublin over the next three weekends.

Preparation has been good with Mollie Sheppard, Paula McGarry and Morgan McNulty attending Antrim girls' squad training every Saturday morning for the past eight weeks at the famous Holy Family ABC Belfast, under the watchful eye of Gerry Storey senior and two star coach Seamus McCann.

Paul Travers, Daniel Waugh and Odhran Clancy have been attending the Antrim Boy 123 squad training every Sunday morning for this past eight weeks at Holy Trinity ABC Belfast. Both boxers and coaches from the club gained a lot from these sessions and are very grateful to the Antrim board for the invite. 

The club recently held a very successful Junior show where some of our young boxers like Jude Meade, Mark Pojoski, Colm Cunningham, Rory Matthews and three of the Sheppard sisters stepped into the ring for the first time, earning themselves a medal for their efforts.

Visiting clubs on the day were Emerald ABC, Clonard ABC (both Belfast), Canal Lisburn, East Down and Warrenpoint Boxing Clubs. 

The club will be holding another show in early April, date to be confirmed.

Jack McAvoy, one of our Senior boxers, notched up a fine win in the very prestigious Errigal show held in The Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone in late February.

Jack was up against a very well supported home favourite Sean McLaughin. The noisy reception for the home boxer didn't phase Jack as he boxed clever the whole three rounds, to pick up a unanimous decision.

This was a good win for Jack, who is training hard along with Jamie Curran, Sean Murray and Shane McKinley for the Antrim Senior Novice Championship in May. 

The club would like to wish all its boxers who are entering championships this weekend the very best of luck in their quest to become an Antrim and Irish champion.

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