Joy for Wexford trio
THREE YOUNG Wexford boxers were celebrating at the weekend after winning titles at the Boy 4, Junior 1 and Junior 2 championships. Jack Robinson of Wexford C.B.S. won his second title in a row, with a comprehensive 7-1 win over Eoin McGrath of Royston Boxing Club, Newbridge, in the Boy 4 36 kgs. final.
The Wexford fighter led 3-0 after the first round, increased the margin to 50 in the second and cruised to a comfortable triumph.
A product of the famous Wexford town club which has produced so many stylish winners in the past, Jack is built in the same mould and is tipped for further honours in the years to come if he maintains his dedication to the sport.
David Kennedy of Gorey also won his second title after overcoming the highly-rated Gerard Whitehouse of Bracken Boxing Club, Dublin, in the Boy 4 63 kgs. decider.
The Dubliner was going for his fourth title in a row but Kennedy prevailed 2-1 after an all-action display.
It was a tremendous performance from young Kennedy and a source of immense satisfaction for his trainers in the Gorey club who have a host of talented young guns in their ranks.
Like Jack Robinson, the hope is that David Kennedy will go on to even bigger and better things as he continues to work his way up through the ranks.
In the Youth 1 46 kgs. final, Dean Walsh of St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's won his second title with an emphatic 7-2 win over defending champion Conor Gould of Riverstown in Cork.
The Wexford fighter led 3-1 after the first round, 5-2 after the second and ran out an impressive winner.
This latest victory was a source of great pride for Dean's family who have a long and proud tradition in boxing, with his father Donal, uncle Billy and grandfather Liam all overjoyed with his impressive progress.
There was also success for another fighter with a Wexford connection when Robert Carthy of Royston Boxing Club won the Youth 1 63 kgs. final.
Robert is a son of Enniscorthy man Robbie Carthy, who hails from Moran Park, so his progress is also watched with considerable interest on Slaneyside.
There was disappointment for Gorey girl Lauren Bergin who was beaten by Stacey McCullough of Cairn Lodge, Belfast, in the Girl 5 57 kgs. final.
Lauren, who was the first girl to bring an Irish title to Wexford when winning at the corresponding tournament last year, led 2-0 but was unfortunately stopped in the second round.
Still, she shouldn't be disheartened to lose to such a capable performer.