Irish boxers may have stolen the show at the London Olympics but two boxers with Leitrim connections are making waves abroad as well as Mohill’s Stephen Flynn and Carrigallen’s Michealla Jannink both came home with medals from the prestigious Angered Centrum Box Cup in Sweden recently.
Both Stephen and Michealla are members of Cavan Boxing Club, who produced Olympic medalist John Joe Nevin, and the Cavan club made a big impact in Sweden, returning home with two gold, three silver and three bronze medals – a haul that might have been greater but for some dubious decisions by local officials.
Stephen and Michealla made it to the podium on finals day with Stephen taking gold in the middleweight Elite class and Carrigallen Vocational School student Michealla, who lives in Killeshandra, taking home a bronze despite upgrading to Elite Senior.
Former Drumsna clubman Stephen Flynn had to fight all the way to improve on last years silver medal by winning three tough contests in less than 72 hours to take a well merited gold medal in the senior competition.
Indeed Flynn did not enter the ring until 1.15 am on Saturday morning to grind out a hard fought unanimous decision over Jacob Podraz fom Jylinnge club in Stocckholm.
Saturday saw the Mohill man in against a tall, unorthodox southpaw in the coloured local lad Tijan Kibbeh from the Angred club and Flynn overcame a lot of problems and eventuall run out a comfortable 3/0 winner with an opponent he may wish to never meet again,unortodox,unpredictable and awkward can never describe the opponent.
Stephen’s conditioning, growing ring maturity and international experience saw him remain cool and disciplined as he graually came to terms with the task and he sealed a fine victory by dropping Podraz for an eight count late in the final round.
Sunday’s final was a more enjoyable contest against the technically cute and more orthodox Norwegian Mathis M. Holme with Flynn’s strength and conditioning enabling him to nuetralize Holmes skills to take a clear unanimous vote.
Three hard contests in less than three days will certainly fine tune Flynn for the upcoming Irish Intermediate championships and when one considers that here he will be competing at 71 kilos while in Sweden he fought at 75, the omens look good for the developing Leitrim scrapper.
Michealla Jannink was the surprise package of the competition, orginally entered in the Elite junior section with the only other entrant clubmate Daria Lach, the Killashandra lass upgraded to Senior Elite.
Despite conceding chunks in age and experience, Michealla really put it to the Dane Wahab and many felt that a storming third and fourth session sealed victory for the Carrigallen student she lost it on a double countback with the judged going 2/1 in her opponents favour.