THE determined young woman who shows no fear in the ring has punched her way to victory in the Hotel Kilkenny and Kilkenny People sports star of the month awards scheme.
Callan boxing club’s finest, Clare Grace, took her place in the national Elite senior ladies boxing championship finals in the National Stadium during January, and at the first attempt she captured the title.
Facing more mature and experienced boxers en route, the Leaving Certificate student blaster her way to victory in the welterweight divisison (69 kgs).
In the final she forced her opponent, Patricia Roddy form Bray BC, to take two standing counts, and but for the intervention of the bell at the end of the first round it could all have been over then.
The hugely talented Kilkenny girl was a comprehensive winner over four rounds. She eventually won decisively, 15-7 after leading 5-2, 8-3 and 12-5 after earlier rounds. The win was part of an amazing hat-trick that included victories in the Irish Youths and under-21 divisions.
Clare, a student at Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir, was honoured as the Hotel Kilkenny and Kilkenny People sports star of the month for January 2011.