NOT CONTENT with dominating his sport at national level, Conor Ivors flew the Marble City boxing club flag with distinction when he beat all-comers at an international tournament in Poland.
Selected to fight for Ireland in the 50kg weight division at the Nine Nation Championships, Ivors had a dream debut on the international stage. He showed no sign of nerves, taking to the ring to face off against the host country’s national champion Dawid Kzuba.
Ivors was straight into action from the bell, winning the early exchanges and counter-punching his way to a unanimous decision.
With the silver medal safely secured Ivors took on the highly-rated Ukrainian champion Andriy Umrysh. The Marble City fighter started strongly once more, winning the early exchanges but the young Ukrainian fought back as the round drew to a close. Umrysh tried to keep the tempo going in round two, but was forced on to the back-foot by a beautiful straight left from Ivors.
The third round started at a similarly fast pace, with Ivors moving into the centre of the ring and winning the early exchanges. He outfoxed the Ukrainian and dominated the fight to the final bell, when he was awarded Ireland’s first and only gold medal of the tournament.
The club had another success story to celebrate when Kate Homan fought her way to the gold medal at the National Cadet championships.
After victories in the Leinster and All-Ireland championships, a confident Homan came through a tough semi-final in the Cadet championships against Philomena Hickey (Trojans BC), dominating from the bell.
The final saw Homan take on a seasoned opponent in Niamh Carty (Ryston BC). Once again she took control from the opening bell, winning the early exchanges. She continued in this manner throughout the contest, cruising to a 15-5 victory.