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Five titles clinched at Antrim championships

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

ODHRAN Clancy, Shay Lavery, Daniel Waugh, Georgia Lavery and Mollie Sheppard have made their way through to the Irish Championship in Dublin in Easter week after last week's Boy/Girl 123 championship was held at Corpus Christi College, Belfast.

Up first on Tuesday, 28 March was Boy 1 11-year-old Odhran Clancy and he out-pointed Clonard boxer, Carlo Notora in a semi-final contest. This win set up a final encounter with Brian Maguire of the famous Holy Trinity Boxing Club on finals night Thursday, 30 March.

Clancy set a furious pace from the opening bell, leaving McGuire in difficulty coping with Odhran's hand speed. This continued for three rounds with Clancy being declared the winner by a majority decision, leaving him and his coaches delighted for this hard-working kid.

Up next for the club was Georgia Lavery boxing in the 43kg division. Georgia was up against old foe Alex Mawhinny, who had two decisions over Georgia earlier this year.

This didn't play on Lavery's mind as she set to work right from the start, throwing a barrage of punches forcing an early eight count on Mawhinny. At the restart the Rathfriland South Paw produced two sweet right hooks in a row to force the referee to call a halt to the contest in the first round. This was a super display from Georgia, which will boost her confidence for the All Irelands.

Boy 3, Daniel Waugh was preparing for his contest when word came through that his opponent had injured himself in his warm up and was unable to box, leaving Daniel being crowned an Antrim Champion - the club's third in a row.

Paul Travers, now boxing in the 59kg class, was involved in one of the contests of the evening with Clonard lad Bernard Agnew. Agnew is a strong competive boxer as is Travers. Both lads tried to impose their strength on each other in round one, with Paul getting the upper hand and the ref wiping away blood from the nose of Agnew twice in the first.

The second round was much of the same with the pace slowing a bit, but the hard hitting continued. This round was a close call with Paul's coaches feeling he had shaded it.

The third round slowed up, but again the heavy shots rained in from both boxers. Agnew produced a good last round, which probably clinched the contest for him on a split decision. This was very unlucky for Paul as he put in a great shift over three tough rounds. The club had suffered its first defeat of the night.

Boy 1 Shay Lavery had received a walkover in his category as there was no one in his weight. A special contest was arranged with the Boy 2 boxer same weight, as he had also received a walkover. This was a great contest and workout for Shay as he was made work hard all three rounds by Eddie Loughran from Holy Family ABC.

Loughran ran out the winner on a 3-2 split decision, but Shay and his coaches were very happy with his performance.

Our fifth champion was Mollie Sheppard who got a walkover at Girl 2 53kg division. Other club news The club held a very successful show in the clubroom on Sunday past putting at least 40 boxers in Juniors and Seniors through the ropes.

The club would like to thank the clubs who helped make it a great day - St Agnes Belfast, Camlough ABC, East Down ABC and Sacred Heart ABC, Newry. Thanks to all the parents who came along to support the boxers. The next outing will be this Sunday where the Junior section will box on an Emerald ABC show in Belfast.

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