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Two more titles for club.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Two more titles for club. thumbnailGeorgia Lavery 43kg Belfast Box Cup Champion.

SUCCESS continued for Rathfriland Boxing Club over the last two weekends as they added two more titles to the growing list within the club.

On Sunday, 29 October 14-year-old Georgia Lavery produced a controlled display of boxing against St Monica's Amy Lee Kelly to be crowned a Belfast Box Cup champion, in what was a straight final in this division.

This was a super win for Georgia who has improved so much this season, boxing with a lot of confidence and aggression.

Other entrants in the Box Cup were Daniel Waugh and Odhran Clancy who were beaten in their semi-finals. Shay Lavery who was a beaten finalist and walkovers went to Paul Travers, Darragh Connolly, Morgan McNulty and Mollie Sheppard.

The club lifted their second title in as many weeks when 14-year-old Castlewellan lad, Conor Donnelly lifted the Ulster Novice Crown at 66kg which were held at Eire OG GAA Hall, Lurgan over Saturday and Sunday.

Conor had to box a semi-final on the Saturday against Camlough boxer, Tiarnan Conlon. Donnelly, although a bit nervous as this was his first championship, was in control all three rounds getting the decision 5-0.

His opponent in the final was Conor Kelly from Moneyglass. There were no nerves this time round as Donnelly went to work from the opening bell with the ref calling a halt to the contest in the first round, leaving the Rathfriland club with another champion.

Also in the championship was Rory Cunningham who lost in his quarter final clash with a very strong and fit Erne lad.

This was a step up to two-minute rounds for Rory who slowed a bit at the end of the first and second rounds. In the third Rory produced a terrific display winning the third hands down, but it wasn't enough to sway the judges and the Erne boxer got the decision.

Lorcan Sloan, a winner of this championship last season, showed determination to hold on to the title as he stormed into the final with two great wins on Saturday and Sunday and has booked a final slot, with a date to be arranged. We are hoping to get it on the club's upcoming show on Saturday, 25 November in Annaclone GAA hall.

Hilltown lad, 16-year-old 66kg boxer Eoin Murray also boxed a semi-final on Saturday, picking up a fine win against Jack Smith of Dunloe Donegal.

Again it was the Rathfriland boxer in control with Eoin getting a unanimous decision putting him into Sunday's final. Murray's opponent this time round was Ternan McMahon from the famous Star Boxing Club, Belfast.

Although Eoin produced three good rounds and having his opponent in trouble several times, this wasn't interpreted that way by the judges and Eoin lost the contest on a split decision with the club missing out on another possible champion.

All-in-all things are going well at the club with everyone training and sparring hard getting ready for the club show.

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