Boxing: Cookstown capture eight titles in Two County Championships

A winner with Cookstown Boxing Club at the weekend
A winner with Cookstown Boxing Club at the weekend

It’s onwards and upwards for Cookstown ABC having secured eight Tyrone/ Fermanagh county championships this past weekend in St Patrick’s Hall, Strabane.

First in action was Nathan Kelly in a semi-final bout against Luke Kelly of the Mourne Golden Gloves Club.

Nathan had to endure some early pressure from the Strabane boxer but once he found his range he picked his opponent off at ease landing the cleaner shots and running out a 3-0 winner.

Cameron Bloomer was in against Dan McDonagh from Omagh Boys Club. After a close opening round Bloomer took centre of the ring and booking his place in the final via the judges scores.

Up next Michael McFarland faced the more experienced Patrick Cawley from Clonoe, after last weekend’s decision against him McFarland was out to prove a point and again he duly delivered another great performance.

Unfortunately Cawley won a very close fight but McFarland certainly has a great future in the sport.

In a repeat of the previous week’s Mid-Ulster final clubmates Ethan McGuckin and Barney Corcoran had to go head to head again.

Each boxer performing admirably with McGuckin getting the nod and moving his unbeaten record to 8-0.

In the Intermediate final at 67 kilos, Colm Cummings fought Maurice Little from Dungannon ABC. From the first bell Little was on the front foot but Cummings was comfortable landing shots. The decision went in the Dungannon lads favour.

Day two of the finals saw Nathan Kelly face Ethan McDonagh of the Sacred Heart, Omagh. Kelly came of age landing some super right hands and showing class to make McDonagh miss.

McDonagh, the favourite, had no answer as Kelly’s right hands and one-twos, running out winner.

For the second time in these championships two team mates had to go in against each other this time Cameron Bloomer and Ruarai Devlin. The judges had it Devlin’s way and he picked up his third win in a week and his second title win.

In the youth 60 kilo category the unbeaten Caolan Conlon faced Ulster champion from Immaculata, Strabane, Gary Duffy.

What a battle we had here with heavy hitting from both lads and Conlon showing he was every bit as good as Duffy. After three brilliant rounds of boxing Duffy’s hand was raised the winner.

Finally on the card Curtis McDonagh was making his fighting debut for the club.

Facing Adam Nelson from Lisnafin, McDonagh showed great class picking his shots forcing the referee to issue a standing count. the cunning McDonagh baffled his foe and after another standing count the Lisnafin corner men pulled their man out of the fray.

A further 4 championships via walkovers went to Daniel McElroy, Rhian Devlin, Nathan Swift and Shea Hampsey.