THE gifted Kilkenny boxer who grabbed three national titles during an exceptional season is to be honoured on the home front.
Keith Flavin, who won Irish youth, Irish Open (an international event) and the Irish under-23 boxing titles has been chosen as the Hotel Kilkenny and Kilkenny People sports star of the month for November.
Flavin, it would appear, is way ahead of schedule in what is shaping up to be an exceptional career.
He is only17, which means he gave around five years to some of his opponents in the under-23 division, yet he pounded his way to a terrific win.
It was for this effort that young Flavin was honoured.
During a season when honours came his way regularly, Keith also won a bronze medal at the Brandenburg Cup in Germany and he took bronze again and was awarded the Best Technical Boxer award at the Paylyukov memorial tournament in Anappa, Russia.
In the quarter-finals of the under-23 national championship, the Paulstown boxer received a walk over form Aidan Metcalf, who failed to make the weight. In the semi-final Flavin beat Myles Casey, Limerick, brother of ‘Big Bang’ Willie Casey, 20-8.
In the final he scored a comprehensive 32-20 win over over the firm favourite, Shane Roche, Dublin, in what was described as an outstanding fight.
One of the oungest
Flavin is one of the youngest winners ever of the under-23 title, and he would have gone on to box internationally at this level but the European authorities asked him to step down, apparently.
Keith Flavin will be honoured in the company of fellow monthly award winners at the annual sports star banquet in Hotel Kilkenny on Friday, March 1 when he will be presented with a Kilkenny crystal trophy.