WAMA put up a strong fight at Talbot contest
Elaine Murphy from the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts believes that her family's kickboxing club has a high reputation - and judging by the club's recent fight night in the Talbot Hotel, it is clear to see why.
The skill demonstrated by 18 of the club's top fighters wowed the crowds during the eventful night, with Jack Browne from Wolfe Tone Villas proving to be one to watch. All eyes were on the 14-year-old when he took to the ring to defend his Irish title against Ryan Walsh of Raging Bull in Waterford. Although Jack lost his 55kg title, the tense battle was considered to be one of the highlights of the night.
'It was an absolute war of a match,' said Elaine.
Many of the club's other fighters made their mark at the competition, which attracted competitors from all over Ireland and abroad. One such fighter was George Carley from Taghmon. George may not have seen success in the ring, but the 50-year-old's skills were certainly unmistakable.
As the youngest fighter, Eoin Murphy also did his club proud when he came out on top.
'It was only his second fight ever so he was delighted,' said Elaine.
The Talbot event was the last of the club's biannual fight nights for 2015. However, though their own competitions may be over until next year, the kickboxers have plenty of other things to look forward to. Fourteen of the club's fighters will soon be travelling to Benidorm in Spain for the World Kickboxing Association Unified World Championships.
'They have really been in training camp for the last two months and now they are rearing to go,' said Elaine.
One of the fighters expected for big things is Alice Power from Duncormick. The 23-year-old has already seen plenty of success, having won the 55kg European Title Belt earlier in the year, along with two Irish titles and a Five Nations title in previous years. According to Elaine, Alice is hoping to bring home the gold at the world championships in Benidorm.
Whatever the outcome, Alice and the other Wexford Academy fighters are guaranteed to have plenty of support. All of the academy trainers plan to jet out to support their students, including junior coach Elaine and her father Billy and brother Steven, both of whom train the seniors.
'We are all heading out as a family,' said Elaine. 'We're hoping to come home with a lot of silverware!'