No less than twenty-eight bouts, most of them competitive events, were fought out when the Sligo Leitrim boxing championships were successfully staged by the Seán McDermott Boxing Club in Manorhamilton on Sunday last.
Impressive winners for the local Seán McDermott BC at the event were Daragh Rooney over Michael McGuinn, Ballinacarrow BC in the Boy 3 52kg bout; Mark Gilligan over David Quinn Ballinacarrow BC in the very close Boy 4 46kg bout; Ferghal Rooney over Donal McCabe Ballinamore in the Boy 4 56kg bout; Kevin Kelly over Ryan Gethins Innisfree BC in the Youth 1 60kg bout; Mark McDermott over Conor McCann Ballinacarrow BC in the Youth 2 70kg bout and Alana Ward over Ciara Gallogly Ballinamore BC in the Girl 3 50kg bout.
As well as the Sligo clubs and one fighter from Enniskillen four Leitrim clubs participated in Sunday’s championships in Manorhamilton, namely Seán McDermott Boxing Club, Drumsna Boxing Club, Ballinamore Boxing Club and St. Patrick’s Boxing Club, Dromahair.
The Sligo Leitrim boxing championships kicked off with an entertaining no decision special bout in which Mark Stringer Ballinamore BC fought Patrick Kelly Seán McDermott BC.
The results of the other Sligo Leitrim boxing championship bouts, as well as details of the exhibition and no decision fights, are – Boy 2 36kg, J. P. Ward Ballinacarrow beat Conor McGrath Ballinamore; Boy 1 36kg, Louis Benison Ballinamore beat Stephen Meissner Ballinamore; Boy 1 39kg, Cathal Myers, Innisfree beat Dylan Maguire Ballinamore; Boy 2 46kg, Thomas McGuinn, Innisfree beat Sean Lynch Ballinacarrow; Boy 2 66kg, Michael McDonagh Ballinacarrow beat Paddy Sweeney Innisfree; Boy 3 48 kg, Dan McGuinn Innisfree beat Martin Skeffington Ballinacarrow; Boy 3 48kg, Jason Clancy Ballinacarrow beat John Sweeney Innisfree; Boy 3 52kg, Daragh Rooney Seán McDermott’s beat Michael McGuinn, Ballinacarrow; two exhibition no decision fights – Michael Sweeney Innisfree V Charlie Ward Ballinacarrow & Thomas Myers Innisfree V Martin Feeney Seán McDermott’s; Boy 4 56kg, Mark Gilligan Seán McDermott’s beat David Quinn, Ballinacarrow; Boy 4 56kg Ferghal Rooney Seán McDermott’s beat Donal McCabe Ballinamore; Youth 2 50kg Martin Reilly Enniskillen beat Tom Ward, Ballymote; Youth 1 60kg, Kevin Kelly Seán McDermott’s beat Ryan Gethins Innisfree; Youth 1 64kg, James Lynch Ballinacarrow beat Thomas Coleman Ballymote; Youth 2 60kg, Patrick Stokes Ballymote beat David Regan Ballinacarrow; Youth 2 70kg Mark McDermott Seán McDermott’s beat Conor McCann Ballinacarrow; no decision bout Youth 2 85 kg Alan McGarry Drumsna V Barry Kennedy Ballinacarrow; Girl 3 53kg Alanna Ward Seán McDermott’s beat Ciara Gallogly Ballinamore; Girl 2 54kg Lenora Myers Innisfree beat Ciara Lavin Ballinamore; exhibition no decision bout Jordan Gallagher Ballinacarrow V Brian Ward Ballymote; Novice Jonathan McGovern Seán McDermott’s beat David Williams Ballinacarrow; exhibition no decision bouts Dita Kodolina (St. Patrick’s) Dromahair V Saidbh Green Ballinacarrow; exhibition Clodagh Murray Ballinamore beat Chloe Dolan Seán McDermott’s; no decision Darren Kelly Seán McDermott’s V Jack C Centron (St. Patrick’s) Dromahair; Boy 3 66kg no decision Pádraig O’Donnell Ballinamore V Keith O’Hagan Manorhamilton; Boy 2 46kg Stephen Loughlin beat Pat Ward Ballinacarrow.
The Seán McDermott Boxing Club would like to congratulate two of their fighters, Shauna Ward and James McDowell who won Irish Third Level Colleges’ titles at the weekend as well as Gearóid Ward who also boxed at these championships.
Shauna received a walkover in her final, which was something of a disappointment for her after having trained so hard for it. But it is still a just reward for the Manor woman after putting her name forward to contest the final for which no worthy opponents came forward to challenge for the title.
Dowra’s James McDowell had to box twice before he became Irish Third Level Colleges’ champion. He won his semi-final bout by a convincing 9 – 2 margin and after that he went on to claim an equally impressive 13 – 3 score line win over David Parnell, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in the final.
The Seán McDermott Boxing Club would like to thank everyone who helped out at the promotion of the Sligo Leitrim boxing championships in Manorhamilton on Sunday, especially Tournament Inspector Martha McGuiness; Medical Officer, Geraldine Rooney; Maggie Ann Granaghan for catering for the very large attendance and the Bee Park Community Centre Committee and Staff for all their assistance.
Best wishes for success are extended to all the Seán McDermott Boxing Club fighters who will be in action at the Connacht Boys and Girls, as well as Youth 1 and Youth 2, boxing championships in Westport this weekend.