Knockout night for boxing club

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Knockout night for boxing club thumbnailMorgan McNulty, Mollie Sheppard and Georgia Lavery met ex-Olympians and now pro boxers Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes.

TWO of Rathfriland ABC's girls produced top notch displays on Saturday night past (7 January) when they boxed in a 15 bout Inter County Antrim v Cork Tournament in the Devenish Hotel, Belfast.

Thirteen-year-old Georgia Lavery and 14-year-old Morgan McNulty were pitted against the Coffey sisters from the famous Riverside ABC in Cork.

Georgia was up first for the club and produced a mature display of boxing, only to be pipped in a 2-1 split decision.

This was a big step up for Georgia who has only two bouts on her card, but showed great character to take the match on such a big stage and show a willingness to want to improve in the sport. 

Two bouts later Morgan stepped between the ropes to try and get the year off to a winning start, taking on the older of the two sisters.

This turned out to be a cracking bout with Morgan doing most of her work on the ropes, as Coffey pressed forward with a flurry of punches which McNulty slipped, countered and pivoted, showing good ring awareness and composure throughout the contest.

At the end of the three rounds Morgan had her hand raised in victory on a 3-0 scoreline.

Coaches on the night Davie Mawhinny and Kevin Sheppard were extremely proud of the girls' performances and in the way they earned their Antrim vests which are theirs to keep. Well done girls. 


Club news 

Training reverts back to normal times this week 7pm to 8.15pm for juniors and 8pm to 9.15pm for seniors.  

Preparations continue this week for the upcoming Antrim 3s this Sunday and for Jack McAvoy and Sean Murray who weigh in for the Irish Novice Seniors this Friday in Dublin.


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