There could well be another bit of local sporting history in Derry City this weekend when Mohill’s Stephen Flynn not only makes his debut in senior boxing championships but may also be the first ever Leitrim boxer to compete in the Ulster senior championships.
Stephen fights out of the Cavan club and has developed into a very capable operator at national and International competition at intermediate level. A gold and a silver medal at the prestigious Angered Centrum Box Cup in Sweden, wins in Canada and Britain along with some good results on the Irish boxing circuit saw him earn his spot at the Provinces major event.
Cavan coach Brian McKeown stated that while we travel more in hope than expectation, Flynn is up for the step up in class and on his night can be a hot handful for most at intermediate level. But with only three entrants at 71 kilos, Stephen will need all his grit, determination, fitness and commitment to overcome both his semi final opponent Conor Coyle from the St. Joseph’s club with Belfast scrapper J.D Delaney from the Immaculata club awaiting the victor in Friday’s final.
While Stephen will be in search of a tough debut senior title, Carrigallen student Micheala Jannink will not be defending her title this year as exam demands have ruled her out until summer. However with the Cavan club in Canada during July, the U.S. in August and a return to Cavan from the Canadians for the Homecoming Festival in late August could well see one of the Cavan clubs most popular fighters join Flynn in action later this year.