The Boy 2 & 3 National finals were completed at the National Stadium in Dublin this morning and afternoon.
Kasper Bura and Jimmy O’Reilly fought out a thrilling 63kg Boy (2) final this morning. Both boxers found the target 27 times between them in an-end-to-end duel, but it was Bura, from the St Anne’s BC in Westport, that scored 15 of that total to help himself to a 15-12 decision at the National Stadium.
Derry’s Liam Glennon earned an 11-8 verdict over Joseph Nevin in today’s curtain raiser, while Craig Kavanagh, Dominic Bradley and Nathan May also left the home of Irish boxing with Irish titles.
The 39kg,42kg and 44kg finals couldn’t have been much closer, Eamon Sweeney, Eric Nash and Lee Kelly shading Sean Purcell, Aaron McKenna and Peter McCartan by one point margins.
Limerick’s Jason Harty ensured that the 46kg honours went back to Shannonside with an 8-4 win over the brave Gabriel Dossen and Kildare’s Niall Carroll impressed en route to a positive decision over Cork ace Tommy Hyde.
Brian McNamee denied MJ Mongan in the 50kg class, while Jordan Myres, Conor Doyle – following another tight final with Anthony McDonagh – Connie McDonagh and Anthony McDonagh also had their hands raised in triumph.
The Clonmel BC suffered mix fortunes in the 70kg and 75kg finals. Calvin Boland claimed the 71kg crown with an impressive win over Bartlomiez Zalewski, but Blaine O’Brien was edged out by Ballina BC stand out Martin Collins.
It was a good day for Stokes’ at the Stadium, with Mulhuddart BC prospect John Stokes and Francie Stokes (Oakleaf) securing Boy (3) 36kg and 39kg titles following wins over Ben Robinson and Ryan O’Donoghue.
Conor Jordan got the Boy 3 duels underway with a hard-fought 11-9 victory over Martin Delaney and Cork’s Thomas McCarthy beat Jordan Hutch in an up-tempo 33kg duel.
Oliver McCarthy and James Keenan completed a hat-trick for Leeside, and Eugene McKeever, James McGivern, Aaron Harkin – in yet another close encounter with John P. Sweeney -, Portlaoise BC prospect Michael Nevin and the talented Kieran Molloy also won at the South Circular Road venue.
Conor Vint, meantime, completed a fine tournament with a points verdict over Cathal Griffin in the 63kg class. Earlier, Brett McGinty and Christopher O’Reilly registered 10-4 and 7-2 verdicts over Colm Quinn and Kevin Kehoe.
The 66kg and 70kg accolades went to Sean Devril and Nevan Fannon, while Marcus Browley claimed middleweight honours at the expense of Jodie Mitchell.
The 80kg title remained in Dublin following James Clarke’s 14-3 decision over Donegal’s Stephen Bonner.
Over 200 bouts were decided over the duration of the 2012 National Boy 1,2 & 3 Championships.
(Pictures courtesy of Michael Hade IABA).
Boy 3 Finals
31kg Conor Jordan (St Aidans) beat Martin Delaney (Olympic) 11-9
33kg Thomas McCarthy (Mayfield) beat Jordan Hutch (Corinthians) 4-1
36kg John Stokes (Mulhuddart) beat Ben Robinson (Wexford CBS) 8-7
39kg Francie Stokes (Oakleaf) beat Ryan O’Donoghue (Golden Gloves) 9-6
42kg Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillons) beat Ryan Lavery (St John Bosco) 5-1
44kg Eugene McKeever (St Malachys) beat Michael McDonagh (Bracken) 8-2
46kg James McGivern (St Georges) beat Andrew Connolly (Clonmel) 11-3
48kg Aaron Harkin (Illies GG) beat John P Sweeney (Innisfree) 11-10
50kg Michael Nevin(Portlaoise) beat Alan White (St Bridgets Ulster) 13-11
52kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) beat Alex O’Sullivan (Dunboyne) 14-3
54kg James Keenan (Glen) beat James McDonagh (Clann Naofa) 15-13
57kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) beat Colm Quinn (Castlebar) 10-4
60kg Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken) beat Kevin Kehoe (Marble City) 7-2
63kg Conor Vint (Gilford) beat Cathal Griffin (Connamara) 8-4
66kg Sean Devrill (StMichaels Athy) beat George Bodor (Bay City) 9-5
70kg Nevan Fannon(Ballyhaunis) beat Patrick Cawley (Westside) 7-5
75kg Marcus Browley (Olympic) beat Jodie Mitchell (St Pauls Nenagh) 11-5
80kg James Clarke(Kilnamanagh) beat Stephen Bonner (Buncrana) 14-3
86kg Eddie Joyce (Dealgan) W/O
91kg Dylan Maughan (Ballyhaunis) W/O
Boy 2 finals
27kg Michael Maughan (Avona) W/O
29kg Liam Glennon (St Josephs Derry) beat Joseph Nevin (Kilcullen) 11-8
31kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin) beat Sean Corr (St Georges) 12-8
33kg Dominic Bradley (Errigal) beat Michael Keating (Watergrasshill) 8-6
36kg Nathan May (Crumlin) beat Darren McDonagh (Clones) 15-11
39kg Eamon Sweeney (Illies GG) beat Sean Purcell (Callan) 5-4
42kg Eric Nash (Knockmore) beat Aaron McKenna (Smithboro) 14-13
44kg Lee Kelly Clonmel) beat Peter McCartan (Bishop Kelly) 8-7
46kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale) beat Gabriel Dossen (Furbo) 8-4
48kg Niall Carroll (Ryston) beat Tommy Hyde (Setanta) 11-4
50kg Bryan McNamee (Convoy) beat M.J. Mongan (O.L.O.L.) 9-5
52kg Jordan Myers (Innisfree) beat Darren Ward (St Ailbhes) 9-4
54kg Conor Doyle (Ennis) beat Anthony McDonagh (Olympic) 6-5
57kg Connie Mc Donagh (Dungarvan) beat Kenan Gibson (Convoy) 7-2
60kg Anthony Johnston (Gleann) beat Hugh Doyle (Spartacus) 11-6
63kg Kasper Bura (St Annes) beat Jimmy O’Reilly (Portlaoise) 15-12
66kg Martin McDonagh (Eagle) beat John Ward (Banridge) 7-5
70kg Calvin Boland (Clonmel) beat Bartlomiez Zalewski (St Annes) RET2
75kg Martin Collins (Ballina) beat Blaine O’Brien (Clonmel) 7-6