LAST Saturday, Audrius Grakaiskis saw his winning streak come to an end when he lost out to Patrick Ward from the St Patrick’s Tribe, Cork. After three and hard bruising rounds of boxing, Ward was adjudged to be the victor.
Things did not start off well for the Springhill Boxer when Ward unleashed a flurry of body punches in the latter stages of what had been a fairly even first round. Grakaiskis was given a standing count and Ward went again to the body and forced the referee into giving a second count. The Springhill boxer was hanging on and he caught Ward with a number of strong right hands just before the bell.
Ward was in the ascendancy and the Cork fighter took the fight to Grakaiskis in the second round. The pair traded blows in the second and Grakaiskis bravely held on as the round ended in favour of Ward once again.
In the last round, the pair continued to trade blows and Ward forced the referee into making another standing count. The Springhill lad responded well and he finished the stronger.
The bout ended with both boys giving everything they had and Ward ended up winner by 21-8. Many of the spectators said it was one of the best heavyweight bouts seen at the National Stadium this year.
Audrius, whilst disappointed, says it was a huge learning curve and he will bounce back and it was a superb achievement to reach this stage after only one year of boxing at this level.
The 9 Counties Open Championships take place this Saturday in Burnfoot, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Springhill will have two boys competing, Sean McNamee at 46 kg and Darragh McVey at 52kg. These Championships will be the last Championships held in 2011 and it is hoped that both boys will do well. Everyone at the club wishes them all the best
Boxercise continues at the club every Tuesday and Thursday night. All work outs are supervised by a qualified boxing coach and sessions cost £3 for one session or £5 for two. Training is from 7.30 to 8.30 each evening.