There were mixed fortunes for Mohill’s Stephen Flynn, boxing out of the Cavan club, at this weekend’s National Intermediate championships in Dublin.
He upset one of the tournament favorites Noel Sommers from the St. Mathews club in the capital in the last 16 but dropped a point’s decision to the underestimated dark horse Brian Walsh at the quarter final stage.
The Cavan boxer was definitely the underdog in his opening bout and despite holding his own in a tight opening session he failed to dent Sommers confidence and the more experienced St. Mathews boxer appeared to be warming to the task.
However Flynn was all heart and commitment and turned the contest midway through the second session when he dropped his man for an 8 count with a terrific right hook. Visibly shaken, the Dub needed all his experience to see out the round and Flynn’s strength and conditioning saw him exploit his opponents distress to take a comfortable lead into the final session.
It was a more defensive minded Sommers who tried to use his experience to swing the decision but the decision went to Flynn on a 13/9 score-line and while he appeared a comfortable winner it was the quality of the opposition and Stephen’s growing ring maturity that impressed most neutrals in the National Stadium.
The quarter final saw Flynn square off with another tricky operator in Baldoyle’s Brian Walsh, whose C.V. includes an Irish Novice title a few years back. Indeed it was Flynn’s confidence after the impressive showing that probably played a major part in his downfall.
Good counterpunchers rarely impress the fans but are very effective in picking up the points and Walsh had his tactics down to a fine art. The confident Flynn made a strong start and for all his strength, heart and aggression he found himself overloading with his punches, falling short and an ideal foil for the cute counter.
The Baldoyle boxer held a narrow two point lead at the start of round 2 and despite all of Stephen’s best efforts, a visibly tiring Walsh increased his lead by another point entering the final 3 minutes. The Final round scoring certainly was controversial as the Cavan boxer went hell for leather as the contest appeared very much in the balance as the clock ran down. A very tired and at times disorganised Walsh enjoyed some success but the pure volume of punches and superior fitness and commitment to win from Flynn appeared to swing the session his way and while not enough to ensure victory the 14/8 score-line raised a few eyebrows at Ringside.