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    Chris O'Callaghan, Ulster Champion at B4 60kg, at the recent 9 Counties held in  

    Burnfoot, County Donegal Dec 2011...



Ulster Boxing Champion

Chris O’Callaghan, became Glengormley ABC’s latest Ulster Champion when he scooped the Boy 4 60kg title in Burnfoot, County Donegal Sunday past. Chris weighed in the previous Saturday but had to wait till the Sunday for his semi final duel with Conor McGowan from Tyrone club Bishop Kelly. The long journey didn’t have any ill effects as Chris was a convincing winner by a score of 5-2 and with Dungloe’s local lad Brian O’Donnell victorious in the other semi the final was set. The Dungloe man was expectant, being last year’s Irish Champion at 54kg and boxing this Ulster final in his own back yard but he didn’t realize Chris O’Callaghan was the 57kg Irish Cadet Champion and Ireland’s representative at the European Schoolboy Championships in Russia over the summer just losing out the a strong Uzbek before the medal stages.

Chris was one point down at the end of the first and coach Danny McGrinder went into overdrive advising his charge of the appropriate technique to counter the strong Donegal opponent and the scores were even at the end of the second round. Chris landed some excellent jabs, counters and solid right hands in the final deciding round but the judges failed to register and the contest ended at 3-3 and on to the count back lottery. But this is were all Chris’ work rate counted and he was champion by a count back score of 22-16.

Danny McGrinder, proud as punch, says ‘this is Glengormley’s third Ulster Champion this season already after Colin Lowry and Damian Murphy were crowned Ulster Champions at Fly and Middle weights respectively’. Local accountant Danny said, ‘this is what it’s all about getting the lads championship experience at the top levels, to compliment club matches and bring home the big prizes. You won’t be champion if you’re not prepared to travel.’ A well earned respite at St Enda’s could be the tonic for Sunday evening…



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