THE END of the boxing season is fast approaching, but there’s no slowing down the young fighters from the Marble City boxing club.
The Kilkenny club had three representatives in the girls’ Leinster championships, which were held in Athy recently. Courtney Doheny, Kate Holman and Louise Walsh travelled to the Kildare venue and delivered strong performances in what turned out to be a fantastic weekend for girls’ boxing.
In the bout of the championships Courtney Doheny took on a tough opponent in Kildare’s Leah Roche. Doheny started well, taking control of the ring to open up a 2-1 lead after round one.
Roche came out with all guns blazing in the second round but the Kilkenny fighter kept her composure, battling back with some great counter punches to leave things delicately poised at 3-3 after two rounds.
Doheny knew she had it all to do going into the third round and didn’t disappoint. Moving to the centre of the ring she reeled off some great combinations, many coming off the back of a crisp jab.
There was tension in the air as both fighters waited to hear the decision, but the hall erupted in loud cheers when Doheny’s hand was raised by the referee. The win capped a fine weekend for the club, who claimed three Leinster titles in Athy as Kate Holman and Louise Walsh also won their divisions.
The club was also represented in Dublin as Conor Ivors and Kevin Kehoe competed in the senior cadet championships at the National Stadium.
Ivors has had a whirlwind season, following up on his Leinster championship success with victory in the All-Ireland championships. He gave his all in Dublin but, paired with a tough opponent, was edged out on a 6-7 scoreline.
Although beaten the season will have a silver lining for the Marble City boxer, as he has been chosen on the Irish team for the upcoming international in Poland.
There was better luck in Dublin for Kevin Kehoe, who got the better of a tough semi-final against Daniel Keating, coming through some furious exchanges with a 10-9 victory.
In the final Kehoe took on a strong opponent in Justin Barrett. Both boxers gave their all in a memorable bout, Kehoe using good counter punching with slick defensive work to earn another 10-9 win, a result which leaves the local boxer in line for the European Championships in Russia this Summer.