Kilkenny’s Darren O’Neill continued his rich vein of form when he landed gold in the Multi Nations finals in Finland.
The Paulstown fighter powered his way through the opposition, stopping two opponents inside the first round, as he dominated the light-heavyweight class.
Captain of the 2012 Olympic boxing team and Golden Gloves champion, O’Neill wasted little time in stamping his authority on the competition in Finland. He took less than three minutes to win his first bout, stopping Norway’s Ahmed Abdelfatta inside the first round on Thursday.
O’Neill sent Abdelfatta crashing to the canvas with a powerful right hook. The fight was stopped when the Norweigan took another heavy blow seconds before the bell.
O’Neill took even less time to book his place in the final when he KO’d Jake Bell inside 30 seconds of their semi-final bout.
The Englishman was left seeing stars after O’Neill unleashed lefts to the head and body, ending the contest almost as soon as it began.
His final fight went on a little longer, but O’Neill left the crowd in no doubt as to who the clear winner was.
The Kilkennyman took things a little easier when he faced France’s Souliman Abdourachidoc in the final, but claimed his second Multi Nations title with a 3-0 decision.
That gold helped ensure Ireland topped the medals table at the 14-nation event. The six-strong team finished with three golds, one silver and two bronze medals.
It proved to be a good weekend for Paulstown as three more of the club’s boxers celebrated glory.
Helen Carthy, Keith Flavin and Aisling Byrne won the in the featherweight, lightweight and light-heavy finals when competing in the National Intermediate Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday.
Both Carty and Byrne won their titles with time to spare, recording TKO wins over Cavan’s Jurtita Piacuate and Dungarvan’s Kiera Mulcahy in the second and first rounds respectively. Flavin was also a convincing winner, scoring a 3-0 verdict over Martin Noonan of Riverstown in the 60kg decider.
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