Marble City boxing club have had a busy time of late with the Leinster championships in the boy 4 to youth 2 divisions.
Gary Kehoe was first up for Marble City in the 48kgs division. Gary faced an experienced opponent in Antony Dobbs, Dellagh in the division final. Gary showed great ability in the run up to the final so confidence was high.
His preparation for the championships was second to none. From the bell the two boxers showed why they are the best in the division, with a great work rate throughout. Gary started well, using great defensive work, and working well off the counter.
At the end of the first round Gary had a narrow lead with scores 3/2. The second started in much the same fashion but this time Anthony made a strong comeback to level the scores at 5/5.
Gary knew that it was all or nothing coming into the final round. From the bell Gary took control of the bout. Both boxers gave it their all, with Gary eventually getting a hard earned victory 7/6.
Next up was Ciaran Lainegain, who had a good run up to the championships following a great victory in the county championships. Ciaran had a difficult run to the final.
With a dominating performance in the quarter-final confidence was high. Ciaran then cruised through the semis in convincing fashion. Next up was the highly rated Paddy Nolan from Gorey.
The Wexford lad, a season opponent, was the favourite. Ciaran started well, but found his opponent hard to close down, with Nolan working well on the inside. Ciaran gave an heroic display but was out-pointed by an outstanding opponent.
Over the coming weeks Marble City boxing club will have 11 representatives in action in the boy 1 to boy 3 divisions of the Leinster championships, and they have some genuine hot prospects. The club have high hopes for Kevin Kehoe, Bill Cody, Jim Delaney, Martin O’Connell and Jordan Leahy, to mention a few.
The weigh-in will be held on March 7.