Season opens with bang for Cookstown ABC

Cookstown ABC Ulster title winning boxers and coaches pose for a picture.
Cookstown ABC Ulster title winning boxers and coaches pose for a picture.

Cookstown ABC started its new season in fine fashion by securing three Ulster Novice Intermediate championships on in the Dockers Club in Belfast.

First in action was Teo Alin in the lightweight final against a tough Conor Kerr from Ballyclare.

Having defeated Kerr’s brother in the semi-final Teo had his work cut out, but put in a great performance picking Kerr off and releasing some great combinations.

In the third round he landed a great uppercut that had Kerr in all sorts of trouble and after three hard rounds the judges had it in favour of Alin.

Next up was Dylan Wallace in the light middleweight final who was fighting the tough and durable Sean Paul Barnes from the Ligoneil club in Belfast.

Dylan started the fight fast, throwing out his jab. Barnes connected with a left hook which Wallace did well to take after.

Wallace picked the pace up and landed some great shots nearly putting an end to the fight with a terrific left uppercut that had Barnes wobbled. Barnes was tough but Wallace was too smart and too cagey, landing with great clean punches and ran out a convincing winner on the judges’ cards.

Finally at super-heavyweight, Daniel McElroy was up against Pat Rodgers from Swatragh.

After a cagey opening minute the fight exploded when McElroy landed a straight right hand that put Rodgers on the canvas. Rodgers beat the referee’s count but as the bell sounded to end the round Rodgers was in trouble.

The second round started and McElroy delivered a quick finish with a one-two that had Rodgers on his knees. With no way back the referee called a halt to proceedings midway through round two, McElroy the winner by TKO.

It proved to be a great night for the club getting three champions. Head coach Chalky Kelly said: “We’re delighted with the performances and effort of the boxers, who all showed if you train hard you fight easy. We would like to thank our fantastic new sponsor Moe’s Bar Cookstown for there support and commitment to the club.”