Boxing: More successes for the boxers from Kildress

Mark Heagney Boxing Club Kildress, Coach Seamus McGarvey encourages Peter Tuohy during an exhibition bout at Holy Trinity College Cookstown.mm4808-200ar.
Mark Heagney Boxing Club Kildress, Coach Seamus McGarvey encourages Peter Tuohy during an exhibition bout at Holy Trinity College Cookstown.mm4808-200ar.

The Mark Heagney ABC Kildress traveled to the local Carrickmore BC show in the Patrician hall on Saturday the first of March.

Once again it was another successful night’s boxing with two fighters representing the club. 16 year old Liam Nugent and 17 year old Stephen Cunningham both coming away with a win.

Nugent wad first up against Carrickmores Eunan Rafferty.

This was Liam’s second fight in as many weeks and he boxed exceptionally well for the 3 rounds.

From the the first bell Nugent had his taller opponent on the backfoot with his power and controlled aggression.

In the second round Nugent stepped up the pace and forced Rafferty to take a standing 8 count after landing a great right hand.

More of the same followed in the third and Nugent was declared a unanimous winner. In the penultimate fight of the night

Cunningham took on local favorite Karl haughey. This was only Cunninghams second fight against a much more experienced fighter in Haughey, who was runner up in this years Ulster intermediate championships.

This was a cracking contest from start to finish with Cunningham showing no fear of his opponent, landing some great combinations.

Both fighters give their all and at the end of the three very close, grueling rounds Cunningham was declared a 2-1 majority winner.

Both Mark Heagney prodigies continue to develop and with the guidance of their coaches, we hope they will continue to flourish and keep stepping up in class in the future.

Both boxers received their trophies on the night from double Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes.

Overall it was a great nights boxing with a very large crowd in attendance.

Then on Saturday night past the club headed to Mahons hotel Irvenstown competing in the Ederney show.

The first two fights on the card were exhibition fights, involving two of the Kildress lads, nine year old Shea Tracey and Ten year old Ben Donnelly.

First into the ring was Shea against P McDonagh from the Ederney club.

Young Tracey boxed comfortably throughout the bout, landing some impressive shots whilst proving difficult to be hit himself.

His father and coach, Des, a former three time Irish juvenile champion was in his corner, and although it will be a hard act for Shea to follow in his fathers footsteps, the early signs are quite promising for this youngster.

Next into the ring was Donnelly who fought D McCallion from the Ederney club.

Once again Ben boxed brilliantly throughout the contest, finishing the fight the strongest after his opponent tired towards the end of the fight.

Well done to both lads who put on a courageous show in front of a packed audience. Next up was Declan McNally against C McDonagh.

After three hard fought rounds, McDonagh was declared the winner.

Into the ring then was 14 year old Ciaran Nugent in his fifth fight of the year against another local Ederney fighter.

Once more Ciaran was involved in another great fight and at the end of three tough rounds he lost out 2-1 to the local fighter C McAleer.

Up last for the Mark Heagney Club was Steven Cunningham in his second bout inside a week.

His opponent Connor Cassidy also from the Ederney club had no answer to Cunnighams power and hand speed.

And after three entertaining rounds, Cunningham was declared the unanimous winner.

Training continues for all members at Gortacladdy club house.

It’s on every Tuesday and Thursday night at 8pm and 6-45 to 7-45 pm every Thursday night for the U 11s.

Boxing is a wonderful sport and there are great benefits for all involved. And new faces will be made welcome.