SPRINGHILL boxing started 2012 the way they finished 2011 by winning another Championship. Five young boxers from the club took to the main stage at Tyholland in Monaghan. Three of the boxers were entering the ring for the first time.
First boy up was Joe Maynes as he fought D McNulty from Mourne Golden Gloves, Strabane. In the fight Joe showed tremendous grit and determination but lost out to a majority decision of 2/1. If Joe had of started the bout in a quicker fashion then he may well have been victorious, in what was his first bout.
T McVey was up next as he fought D Kages from East Down BC in the semi final. This bout had it all as both boys were throwing plenty of punches. However, McVey was clever in the latter stages with his southpaw stance as he walked away with the decision and the bout.
Next up was Conall Devlin, who was making his first appearance in the ring. The young Ardboe lad took on D McNulty from Strabane in the final of his class. Conall showed that he is one for the future as he came out with a 3/0 decision to seal the title with a rugged and commanding display.
Up next was Conall’s older brother Odhram who was up against a taller opponent in M Rowlands from Silverbridge BC in County Armagh. Devlin was always going to find this a tought battle as Rowlands had a significant advantage with a longer reach. Nonetheless Devlin battled strongly and narrowly lost out by 2/1.
Last weekend also saw the return to the ring of Tiernan McVey. He was up against Ciaran Flynn from Inniskeen BC. McVey dominated the fight from start to finish with his clever southpaw stance. He used his jab well and showed that he can go toe to toe if needs be when he had Flynn in serious bother in the latter stages.
Our final fighter, Ryan McNamee won his bout as his opponent withdrew.
All in all a great weekend for the club and a great way to start the New Year. Three champions out of five is a great result for the club.
The club will continue to open three nights a week in the Barn Loft in Moneymore. Training times are 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Doors open at 7pm and all boys and girls of all ages are extremely welcome.
Ladies boxercise classes continue at the club every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Everyone is extremely welcome to attend. Admission is £3 or £5 for two nights. The session is taken by a qualified boxing coach.