MEMBERS of Callan boxing club were a big hit at the national boys championships in the National Stadium, Dublin, when they won one title, had two runners-up in other finals and a fourth fighter qualified for the semi-finals.
Pat Callaghan turned on the style in the Boy I category (52kgs) when he thundered his way to a commanding 13-5 win in the final. He literally gave an exhibition of boxing as he totally out-classed his opponent.
C.J. Houlihan (Boy I, 29kgs) was a most unlucky loser in his final. He fought well, was aggressive when he needed to be and kept a good guard, but the vote went against him as he lost 7-6.
Sean Purcell (Boy 2, 42kgs) was one of the most unlucky boxers in the championships. He looked to have done enough to win his fight, but the call went against him, again a losers by a single point.
Conor Ivors (Boy 3, 44kgs) fought well throughout and qualified for the semi-finals. Again he nearly made the cut, losing by a point to a class opponent.
The Callan club finished third in the club category in the Leinster championships, and they also scored highly at the nationals. For octogenarian trainer, Jimmy Walsh, the championships proved a very busy time as he had to make six trips to Dublin - nearly 1,000 miles - with the various fighters.
The bold Jimmy smiled through it all, and his reward came in the sterling performances of all his fighters.