Ulster can lead parade of champions: O'Kane

Friday, January 19, 2007

Eamonn O'Kane believes that Ulster boxing can rise again at this year's Irish senior championships.

The weigh-ins for the championships take place this morning and the action starts tonight in the National Stadium, Dublin with the semi-finals next weekend and the finals on February 2.

Last year Ulster only came away from Dublin with one champion, Dermot Hamill, but O'Kane is confident that he can be "one of four or five champions for Ulster".

O'Kane knows that he is in a tough division and the favourite for the title will be defending champion Darren Sutherland, though one perceived threat Darren O'Neill has had to pull out.

O'Kane, who now boxes for Immaculata after spending all of his career at the Dungiven club St Canice's, admits that he will have to raise his game if he is to land the Irish crown.

"I was delighted with getting my fifth Ulster title but I know that I can fight better than I did against TJ (Hamill)," said O'Kane.

"TJ made it tough for me but I did think that I won the fight and now I hope I can make it a double in Dublin. Of course Sutherland will be seen as the man to beat but I have been sparring him in Dublin and I feel confident.

"The spars down there are like fights because people are always trying to impress the coaches in the High Performance set-up and I was holding my own with Sutherland.

"And I believe that we can have a few champions from Ulster. Paddy Barnes must have a great chance, TJ has a chance at welterweight and in the bantamweight division Ryan Lindberg has a great chance to get his first Irish title."

Hamill's move back down to his natural weight of welter was confirmed by coach and uncle Gerry Hamill but recently crowned Ulster featherweight champion Steven Donnelly will not making the trip. Also missing is TJ's cousin Dermot Hamill, last year's light-welter champion, as he has work commitments.

Coach Hamill said: "We just felt that it was a little two soon for Steven but TJ has worked hard and got his weight down for the welterweights and if boxes smartly he can be a threat.

"Although he boxed well in the Ulster final with O'Kane I felt he could have won it if he had got drawn into a real fight. The gameplan was lost because he does like to stand and have a war."

The most intriguing weight from an Ulster perspective is bantam as champion Lindberg of Immaculata will be joined in the division by former Irish flyweight champion Carl Frampton of Belfast club Midland/White City.

 

 

First stop on road to Beijing for hopefuls

Amateur boxing: Irish Senior Championships

RED Square is one of the world’s most famous postal addresses. In the autumn, the Krelim’s historical seat of power and the sights of Moscow provide the backdrop to qualification for the Beijing Olympics. The journey to the Russian capital, host city for the World Seniors, begins tonight potentially for some of Ireland’s Olympic hopefuls
European finalist Ken Egan, rated number four in the world at light-heavy, Darren Sutherland, the Irish middleweight champion, Athy’s world top 10-rated feather Eric Donovan, weight rival David Oliver Joyce – last season’s best of Irish at bantam – welter Roy Sheahan and classy fly Conor Ahern are some of the headline boxers aiming to be in Moscow come September.
It is there Europe’s top challengers for Beijing will be determined, against the likes of world kingpins Cuba, the USA, Australia and leading African nations, with those who qualify for quarter-finals or better earning a ticket to Beijing.
Ulster boxing harbours high hopes that a few of its leading exponents, including last year’s European Junior flyweight finalist Ryan Lindberg, are good enough often enough to stay the distance at the Irish Championships and go through, as national champions, to represent Ireland at this summer’s key World Seniors preparation tournament, the EU Championships in Dublin.
The draw for the national box-offs will be made later today, with the first phase of prelims held at the Stadium tonight, so depending on how the draw pans out, a number of Ulster’s challengers could begin their quest this evening to make it to Red Square and, ultimately, to China in 2008.
As of yesterday, the northern entry numbered 14. This may increase significantly by the time boxers step on the scales. As of Thursday, those aiming for key Irish title success over the next few days were lead by five in-a-row middleweight champion Eamon O’Kane (Immaculata), who campaigned at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 10 months ago.
He is supported by new Ulster bantam champion Ryan Lindberg, Ulster fly champion Jamie Conlan (St John Bosco, Belfast), All Saints former five-time Ulster title winner TJ Hamill, last season’s Irish light-fly finalist Patrick Barnes (Holy Family), 2006 light-welter finalist David Nevin (Cavan) and 2005 Irish super-heavy kingpin, Cathal McMonagle of Holy Trinity.
Ulster’s interest in the bantam division is intense, with Carl Frampton (Midland/White City), Ireland’s champion at flyweight two years ago and a semi-finalist last season, in the mix as well. Frampton decided against entering the Ulsters earlier this month, keeping his powder dry to concentrate on challenging for another Irish title and a foot hold for possible qualification for September’s World Seniors.
Derry’s John Cooley (St Joseph’s) has moved down from feather, where he lost to Ballymena’s outstanding 18-year-old counter-puncher Stephen Donnelly in the Ulster final, to 54kg to campaign at the Stadium at bantam. This title is vacant as Athy’s David Oliver Joyce as opted to enter the Irish Championships at feather to challenge club mate and title-holder, Eric Donovan, for supremacy. Portlaoise’s TJ Doheny, beaten in last year’s final by Joyce, is one of seven bantams so far confirmed.
Barnes, at light-fly, will be going all barrels blazing to try and reverse last season’s disappointment when beaten 12-10 by Limerick’s Jimmy Moore in the final. Moore, a 2005 finalist also, Barnes and Kilcullen’s Gary McDonagh were listed at entered at 48kg yesterday. Barnes sharpened up his time and work for this with an Ulster final win over Dromore’s Ciaran O’Neill last week.
From the list of last year’s Irish title winners Jimmy Moore (light-fly), Conor Ahern (fly), David Oliver Joyce (bantam – moved to featherweight), Roy Sheahan (welter), Darren Sutherland (middle), John Joe Joyce (light), Anthony Crampton (super-heavy) and Kenneth Egan (light-heavy) had confirmed their entries up until yesterday.
One of the Irish champions yet to confirm his entry is Ballymena’s Dermot Hamill at light-welter. Dermot, who recaptured the Ulster title last week, indicated then he was unlikely to defend his National title and may be about to hang up his gloves due to work commitments.
Whether he makes the cut or not, for those involved from tonight onwards the Irish Seniors are the starting point on the road to Russia and, at the end of the day, China for the next Olympics for the cream of crop.
A very hard road to travel only the fighting fitness, and finest, may eventually complete if good enough, or lucky enough.


FIGHTERS FLEE CAMP
CUBA’S build-up to the World Seniors and next year’s Beijing Olympic Games have been rocked by a report from their training base in Venezuela that Athens Olympic gold medallists Odlanier Solis (heavyweight), a three-time world champion, light-fly star Yan Barthelemy and Olympic flyweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa have fled. It is reported the trio disappeared earlier this week from the squad’s security and could be the latest of their country men to jump ship to the USA to seek careers in professional boxing. In the past three years Joel Casamayor and Juan Carlos Gomez, both of whom have won world titles as pros, fled Cuba where professional boxing is not permitted. Others to disappear and join the pro ranks in other countries, mainly in the US where many are based in Miami, include Diobelis Hurtado, Jorge Luis Gonzalez and Ramon Garbey.


ULSTER ENTRIES
(As of yesterday): Light-Flyweight (48kgs): Patrick Barnes (Holy Family GG); Flyweight (51kgs): Jamie Conlan (St John Bosco, Belfast), John Joe Nevin (Cavan); Bantamweight (54kgs): Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata), John Cooley (St Joseph’s, Derry), Carl Frampton (Midland/White City); Lightweight (60kgs): Kevin Doherty (Ring); Light-welterweight (64kgs): Michael McLoughlin (Holy Trinity); Welterweight (69kgs): TJ Hamill (All Saints), David Nevin (Cavan); Middleweight (75kgs): Eamon O’Kane (Immaculata), Willie Mitchell (Dromore); Heavyweight (91kgs): John Sweeney (Dungloe); Super-Heavyweight (91+kgs): Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity), Christopher McClung (Holy Trinity).

 

Lindberg off and running after decisive points win
20/01/2007

Boxing: National Senior Championships

True to his name, Ryan Lindberg from the Immaculata club in Belfast, made a flying start as the opening blows were exchanged in the National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.
Lindberg, fresh from his Ulster Championship campaign, was a decisive winner in the 54kg class over Sean Kilroy of the Holy Family club in Drogheda.
Lindberg, showing tremendous variation and not afraid to take the risks, chalked up a 31-12 win.
Afterwards he said: “My Ulster championship campaign stood to me well and I feel very much prepared for these championships.”
Kilroy was quite devastated in front of Lindberg’s southpaw stance. The Belfast boy was quite superb when probing for the opening and scoring on the counter 6-2 after the first round; 11-6 after the second; and 21-9 with the contest virtually decided going into the final session.
Kilroy was pulled up for a low blow in the third round and suffered a public warning as a result. This hardly helped his confidence against the in-form Lindberg.
The southpaws were in dominant form with TJ Doheny from Portlaoise another man to lead with his right, scoring 10-8 over Michael Myers of the Brosna club. Doheny never missed a chance to pick up the scores and whenever Myers made a misjudgement the Portlaoise boy landed with huge accuracy.
It was close though, for although Doheny was down some points early on, it was all square going into the final round 7-7.
Michael McLaughlin from the Holy Trinity club in Belfast could very well be accused of letting down the southpaws.
Operating in the 64kg class the Holy Trinity boy was very much a tentative operator against Tommy Dwyer of St Aiden’s, Wexford.
Dwyer a fiery operator was no man to give any leeway for he was very much on top of his task crowding McLaughlin with all sorts of punches to finish up a 20-5 winner.
All Saints Ballymena 69kg entry T J Hamill was conclusive in fending off the challenge of St Matthew’s Luke Keeler with a 15-9 victory.

 

January 25th.

Note to Media: To arrange interviews with any of the boxers taking part in this weekends National Senior Championships

semi finals please contact below.

                                        IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION

                                              "National Senior Championships Semi Finals  Weekend"

IRISH boxing chief Gary Keegan believes that tomorrow night's (January 26th) National Senior Championships semi final between  Ryan Lindberg and Carl Frampton at the Stadium in Dublin  will be worth the entrance fee alone.

Some of the top  boxers in the World, Europe and Ireland  will be in the ring tomorrow evening and Saturday when the blue ribband tournament of Irish amateur boxing resumes.

And Keegan reckons that the Lindberg/Frampton showdown could produce one of the last four bouts of the weekend.

Ulster senior bantamweight champ Lindberg (Immaculatta) warmed up for all Belfast showdown with a convincing quarter final win over Sean Kilroy last weekend.

Frampton, (Midland White City) who did not box in the Ulster Seniors  this year, received a bye into the semi finals and will be eager to reverse his loss to Lindberg in the Ulster Seniors last year.

Both men go head-to-head in one of nine semi finals at the South Circular Road venue on Friday evening, and Keegan, who heads the IABAs High Performance Programme, is looking forward to some top class boxing.

He said: "The bantamweight semi final looks like it could be one of the contests of the evening but there are also some other very exciting semi finals on offer on Friday and Saturday night.

"The Senior Championships will get very exciting from here on in and we are  all looking forward to some top class boxing."

Defending middleweight champion Darren Sutherland returns to competitive action this Friday when he meets  Edward Healy in the last four.

Sutherland, a DCU Sports Science student, suffered an eye injury last summer which kept him out of the game for over three months but says that he is confident that he can successfully defend his 75Kg crown.

Meanwhile, St Michael's Athy welterweight Roy Sheahan is keeping his fingers crossed that it will be 13 times lucky at the 2007 National Senior Championships.

The defending 69Kg senior champ  says he is determined to add to the twelve Irish titles he has won from underage level up.

But the 22 year old admitted that Friday's nights semi final against Fergal Redmond from Arklow is going to be tough.

He said "I have beaten Fergal already but he is an experienced boxer and he will be really up for this one and it will be a tight fight.

"That's what I'm preparing for anyway and I have a plan and I'm sticking to it and I would be confident that I will successfully defend my title this year.

Defending featherweight champ Eric Donovan will also be in the ring on Friday to meet Limerick ace Willie Casey

from the Our Lady of Lourdes club.

If Donovan can advance from this meeting then he could meet his fellow St Michael's Athy team-mate David Oliver Joyce in the final as Joyce meets Ross Hickey in the other semi final on Saturday.

The 2007 National Senior Championships will conclude with finals night on Friday February 2nd.

World and back-to-back European light champ Katie Taylor will meet Finland's Eva Walstrom on seniors final night in a repeat of the 2005 European final which the  Bray woman won.

Taylor returned to competitive action last weekend in Galway and took less that one minute to dispatch highly rated Czech puncher Teresa Lukasov at the Toghar Pheadair Boxing Club.

The weigh-in for Fridays semi finals will take place betwwen 8am and 9pm on Friday morning.

 

National Senior Boxing Championships Semi Finals Friday January 26th. (7.30pm)

48Kg: G McDonagh (Kilcullen) v P Barnes (Holy Family)

54Kg: C Frampton (Midland White City) v Ryan Lindberg (Immaculatta)

57Kg: E Donovan (St Michael's Athy) v W Casey (OLOL)

60Kg: JJ Joyce (St Michael's Athy) v K Crawley (Glasnevin)

64Kg: A Carlyle (Golden Cobra) v E Touhy (Moate)

69Kg: R Sheahan (St Michael's Athy) F Redmond (Arklow)

75Kg: D Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) v E Healy (Portlaoise)

91Kg: I Timms (St Matthews) v J Sweeney (Drimnagh)

91+Kg: A Crampton (St Broughans) v M Sweeney (Drimnagh)

 

National Senior Boxing Championships Semi Finals Saturday January 27th. (7.30pm)

54Kg: KF Fennessey (Clonmel) v TJ Doheny (Portlaoise)

57Kg: R Hickey (Grangecon) v D O Joyce ( St Michael's Athy)

60Kg: JP Campbell (Edenderry) v C Bates (St Marys Dublin)

64Kg: M Wickham (St Anthony/Pats) v T Dwyer (St Aidens)

69Kg: TJ Hamill (All Saints) v D Joyce (St Michaels Athy)

75Kg: E O'Kane (Immaculatta) v S Shevlin (Dealgan)

81Kg: S Crudden (Enniskillen) v W Mitchell (Dromore)

91Kg: J Sweeney (Dungloe) M Mullaney (Claremorris)

91Kg+:C McMonagle (Holy Trinity) v S Reilly (Drimnagh)

 

 

Bernard O'Neill
Public Relations Officer
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Tel: +353 086 057 9558/+353 085 763 3090
e-mail: bernard.oneill@oceanfree.net
www.iaba.ie

 

 

Boxing: Eager Frampton is more than ready to take his revenge

Friday, January 26, 2007

Carl Frampton has been waiting for just over a year to take his revenge on Ryan Lindberg.

Tonight in the semi-finals of the Irish senior championships in Dublin he has his opportunity.

Newly-crowned Ulster senior bantamweight champion Lindberg and Frampton meet for a place in next Friday night's finals in the National Stadium.

Frampton missed the Ulster championships because he was simply not ready but believes that he can go all the way to the title in Dublin.

"I've been working hard in the gym and in the High Performance squad. You get great sparring there," said Frampton of the Midland/ White City club.

In last year's Ulster flyweight final Frampton came off second best as Lindberg announced his arrival in the senior ranks in some style, stunning his fellow Belfast man and reigning Irish flyweight champion with a superb display.

Immaculata man Lindberg said: "It's going to be a great fight with Frampton."

Also in action in tonight's semi-finals is Holy Family's Paddy Barnes who takes on Gary McDonagh at light-flyweight.

Tomorrow, Ballymena's TJ Hamill bids for the welterweight final when he meets David Joyce of St Michael's Athy.

Eamonn O'Kane shoots for the middleweight final and Cathal McMonagle of Holy Trinity should make the super-heavyweight decider.

 

Tonight's semi-finals:

48kg: Gary McDonagh (Kilcullen) V Paddy (Barnes) Holy Family

54kg: Carl Frampton (Midland White City) V Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata)

57kg: Eric Donovan (St Michaels Athy) V Willie Casey (O.L.O.L.)

60kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michaels Athy) V Karl Crawley (Glasnevin)

64kg: Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra) V Eamon Touhey (Moate)

69kg: Roy Sheahan (St Michaels Athy) V Fergal Redmond (Arklow)

75kg: Darren Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) V Edward Healy (Portlaoise)

91kg: Ian Tims (St Matthews) V Jimmy Sweeney (Drimnagh)

91+kg: Anthony Crampton (St Broughans) V Martin Sweeney (Drimnagh)

 

 

January 26th.

                                             IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION

                                               "National Stadium Gears Up for Semi Finals Weekend"

Brief

The National Senior Boxing Championships will resume with nine semi finals at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight. (Friday January 26th)

The 2007 tournament continues tomorrow evening (Saturday) with another  nine last four bouts before concluding with finals

night on February 2nd.

Boxing begins at 7.30pm this evening and tomorrow night.

 

Additional

IRISH boxing chief Gary Keegan believes that tonight's (January 26th) National Senior Championships semi final between

Ryan Lindberg and Carl Frampton at the Stadium in Dublin  will be worth the entrance fee alone.

Ulster senior bantamweight champ Lindberg (Immaculatta) warmed up for all Belfast showdown with a convincing quarter final win over Sean Kilroy last weekend.

Frampton, (Midland White City) who did not box in the Ulster Seniors  this year, received a bye into the semi finals and will be eager to reverse his loss to Lindberg in the Ulster Seniors last year.

Both men go head-to-head in one of nine semi finals at the South Circular Road venue tonight, and Keegan, who heads the IABAs High Performance Programme, is looking forward to an exciting evening.

He said: "The Carl and Ryan semi final looks like it could be one of the contests of the evening but there are also some other very exciting semi finals on offer on Friday and Saturday night.

"The Senior Championships will get very exciting from here on in and we are  all looking forward to some top class boxing."

Defending middleweight champion Darren Sutherland returns to competitive action this evening when he meets  Edward Healy in the last four.

Sutherland, a DCU Sports Science student, suffered an eye injury last summer which kept him out of the game for over three months but says that he is confident that he can successfully defend his 75Kg crown.

Defending  featherweight champ Eric Donovan will also be in the ring tonight to meet Limerick puncher Willie Casey

from the Our Lady of Lourdes club.

If Donovan can advance from this meeting then he could meet his fellow St Michael's Athy team-mate David Oliver Joyce in the final as Joyce meets Ross Hickey in the other semi final on Saturday.

The 2007 National Senior Championships will conclude with finals night on Friday February 2nd.

World and back-to-back European light champ Katie Taylor will meet Finland's Eva Walstrom on seniors final night in a repeat of the 2005 European final which the  Bray woman won.

Taylor returned to competitive action last weekend in Galway and took less that one minute to dispatch highly rated Czech puncher Teresa Lukasov.

 

National Senior Boxing Championships Semi Finals Friday January 26th. (7.30pm)

48Kg: G McDonagh (Kilcullen) v P Barnes (Holy Family)

54Kg: C Frampton (Midland White City) v Ryan Lindberg (Immaculatta)

57Kg: E Donovan (St Michael's Athy) v W Casey (OLOL)

60Kg: JJ Joyce (St Michael's Athy) v K Crawley (Glasnevin)

64Kg: A Carlyle (Golden Cobra) v E Touhy (Moate)

69Kg: R Sheahan (St Michael's Athy) F Redmond (Arklow)

75Kg: D Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) v E Healy (Portlaoise)

91Kg:I Timms (St Matthews) v J Sweeney (Drimnagh)

91+Kg: A Crampton (St Broughans) v M Sweeney (Drimnagh)

 

National Senior Boxing Championships Semi Finals Saturday January 27th. (7.30pm)

54Kg: KF Fennessey (Clonmel) v TJ Doheny (Portlaoise)

57Kg: R Hickey (Grangecon) v D O Joyce ( St Michael's Athy)

60Kg: JP Campbell (Edenderry) v C Bates (St Marys Dublin)

64Kg: M Wickham (St Anthony/Pats) v T Dwyer (St Aidens)

69Kg: TJ Hamill (All Saints) v D Joyce (St Michaels Athy)

75Kg: E O'Kane (Immaculatta) v S Shevlin (Dealgan)

81Kg: S Crudden (Enniskillen) v W Mitchell (Dromore)

91Kg: J Sweeney (Dungloe) M Mullaney (Claremorris)

91Kg+:C McMonagle (Holy Trinity) v S Reilly (Drimnagh)

 

Bernard O'Neill
Public Relations Officer
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Tel: +353 086 057 9558/+353 085 763 3090
e-mail: bernard.oneill@oceanfree.net
www.iaba.ie

 

 

Lindberg and Frampton in best of Belfast bout

Amateur Boxing


Ulster boxing fields nine semi-final challengers over the course this weekend’s Irish Senior Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin and no contest is more balanced than tonight’s battle of the Ulster bantams.
Reigning Ulster Senior champion Ryan Lindberg will tackle 2005 National titleholder Carl Frampton in an eagerly-awaited ‘Best of Belfast’ battle.
Both lads last met in the 2005/06 Ulster flyweight final.
An Ulster crown and a Commonwealth Games blazer awaited the winner of the bout.
Lindberg claimed both honours on a 21-15 scoreline.
He also has the benefit of two recent outings. Lindberg was in sparkling form when lifting the Ulster Senior title on January 11 and followed that up with an impressive 31-12 win in his first opening Irish Senior prelim last Friday night.
Meanwhile, Frampton (Midland White City) did not box in the Ulster Seniors this year and received a bye into tonight’s semis.
IABA High Performance director Gary Keegan believes that this bout will be worth the entrance fee alone.
Keegan reckons that the Lindberg v Frampton clash could produce one of highlights of the weekend.
“It looks like it could be one of the contests of the evening,’’ he said.
“The championships will be very exciting and we are looking forward to some top class boxing."
In tonight’s opening bout, Ulster light fly champion Patrick Barnes (Holy Family) bids to reach another Irish Senior decider.
He lost out to Jimmy Moore (St Francis, Limerick) in the final last year. His opponent tonight is Gary McDonagh (Kilcullen) with Moore waiting menacingly in the final.
Tomorrow night, welterweight TJ Hamill (All Saints, Ballymena), middleweight Eamonn O’Kane (Immaculata), light heavys Sean Crudden (Enniskillen) and Willie Mitchell (Dromore), heavyweight John Sweeney (Dungloe) and super heavy Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity) are all in action.
Defending middleweight champion Darren Sutherland returns to competitive action tonight when he meets Edward Healy in the last four.
Sutherland suffered an eye injury last summer which kept him out of the game for over three months but says that he is confident that he can successfully defend his 75kg crown.
At welterweight, St Michael’s Athy’s Roy Sheahan, the defending 69kg senior champ, is determined to add to the 12 Irish titles he has won from underage level up.
Defending featherweight champ Eric Donovan will also be in the ring on Friday to meet Limerick ace Willie Casey from Our Lady of Lourdes.
If Donovan can advance from this set-to he could meet his fellow St Michael’s Athy team-mate David Oliver Joyce in next Friday’s final.
Joyce tangles with Ross Hickey in the other semi-final tomorrow night.

NATIONAL SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Tonight (from 7.30pm)
48kg: G McDonagh (Kilcullen) v P Barnes (Holy Family);

54kg: C Frampton (Midland White City) v Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata);

57kg: E Donovan (St Michael’s Athy) v W Casey (OLOL);

60kg: JJ Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v K Crawley (Glasnevin);

64kg: A Carlyle (Golden Cobra) v E Touhy (Moate);

69kg: R Sheahan (St Michael’s Athy) v F Redmond (Arklow);

75kg: D Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) v E Healy (Portlaoise);

91kg: I Timms (St Matthews) v J Sweeney (Drimnagh);

91+kg: A Crampton (St Broughan’s) v M Sweeney (Drimnagh)

Tomorrow (from 7.30pm)
54kg: K Fennessey (Clonmel) v TJ Doheny (Portlaoise);

57kg: R Hickey (Grangecon) v D O Joyce ( St Michael’s Athy);

60kg: JP Campbell (Edenderry) v C Bates (St Mary’s Dublin);

64kg: M Wickham (St Anthony/Pat’s) v T Dwyer (St Aiden’s);

69kg: TJ Hamill (All Saints) v D Joyce (St Michael’s Athy);

75kg: E O’Kane (Immaculata) v S Shevlin (Dealgan);

81kg: S Crudden (Enniskillen) v W Mitchell (Dromore);

91kg: J Sweeney (Dungloe) M Mullaney (Claremorris);

91Kg+: C McMonagle (Holy Trinity) v S Reilly (Drimnagh)
 

 

 

January 27th.

                                        IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION

                                               "National Senior Championships Semi Finals"

 

Ulster bantamweight champ Ryan Lindberg advanced from his National Senior Boxing Championships semi-final after a hard fought win (23-17) over Carl Frampton in an all Belfast last four showdown at the National Stadium in Dublin last night.
But the Immaculatta southpaw had to endure a standing count before he claimed victory after he was hit by a flurry of punches from Midland White City ace Frampton at the end of the third round.
Lindberg will now meet either Kevin Fennesssy or TJ Doheny in next Friday's 54Kg final at the Stadium.

Lindberg will be joined in next weekend's finals by lightweight Paddy Barnes from the Holy Family club after Barnes chalked up a convincing 16-2 over Kilcullen's Gary McDonagh.

Defending champion Eric Donovan also progressed following a high tempo featherweight victory over Willie Casey from Limerick.

Donovan could now meet his fellow St Michael's Athy club-mate David Oliver Joyce in next Fridays final if Joyce can see off the challenge of Ross Hickey this evening.
Lightweight John Joe Joyce became the second St Michael's Athy man to make it through to the deciders after he recorded a convincing win over Karl Crawley and Aodh Carlyle stopped Eamon Touhey in round three.

Middleweight Darren Sutherland made a welcome return to competitive action following the eye injury he received in a senior international versus Russia last May.

And the St Saviours OBA man wasted no time getting back into the swing of things forcing Edward Healy into a standing count in the first, and two standing counts in the third before the ref stopped the contest.

St Matthew's heavyweight Ian Tims edged out Drimnagh's Jimmy Sweeney and Anthony Crampton progressed from his super heavyweight contest with Martin Sweeney.

(Log onto RTE Sport for more details)

 

National Senior Boxing Championships Semi Finals Results (Friday January 26th)
48Kg: G McDonagh (Kilcullen) lost to Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) 2-16
54Kg: C Frampton (Midland White City) lost to R Lindberg (Immaculatta) 17-23
57Kg: E Donovan (St Michael's Athy) beat Willie Caseyt (OLOL) 27-15
60Kg: JJ Joyce (St Michael's Athy) beat  K Crawley (Glasnevin) 26-5
64Kg: A Carlyle (Golden Cobra) beat E Touhey (Moate) RSC3
69Kg: R Sheahan (St Michael's Athy) beat F Redmond (Arklow) 16-1
75Kg: D Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) beat E Healy (Portlaoise) RSC3
91Kg: I Timms (St Matthews) beat J Sweeney (Drimnagh) 9-8
91+Kg: A Crampton (St Broughans) beat M Sweeney (Drimnagh) 20-8

 

                                                       Tonight's (Saturday January 27th)  National Senior Championships Semi Finals (7.30)

 

22

54kg

Kevin Joseph Fennessy

Clonmel

V

TJ Doheny

Portlaoise

        

23

57kg

Ross Hickey

Grangecon

V

David Oliver Joyce

St Michaels Athy

        

24

60kg

JP Campbell

Edenderry

V

Ciaran Bates

St Marys Dublin

        

25

64kg

Mark Wickham

St Anthony/Pats

V

Thomas Dwyer

St Aidans

        

26

69kg

TJ Hamill

All Saints

V

David Joyce

St Michaels Athy

        

27

75kg

Eamon O'Kane

Immaculata

V

Sean Shevlin

Dealgan

        

28

81kg

Sean Crudden

Enniskillen

V

Willie Mitchell

Shamrock

        

29

91kg

John Sweeney

Dungloe

V

Michael Mullaney

Claremorris

        

30

91+kg

Cathal McMonagle

Holy Trinity

V

Simon Reilly

Drimnagh

        


 Bernard O'Neill
Public Relations Officer
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
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Boxing: Rankings show great lack of Ulster talent

Saturday, January 27, 2007

 

Ken Egan is a big, easy-going Dublin lad with the manners of a choir-boy.

Outside the ring, that is. In it, he's a Holy terror, mean and ruthlessly efficient, as you might expect any boxer to be in the elitist role of Britain's No.1 amateur light-heavyweight.

This latest ranking doesn't flatter the six-time Irish champion one bit.

He has been a gold medal-winner at three international tournaments in Europe, one of them in the sauna-heat of Sardinia, where he beat two Athens Olympians for an EU title he'll be defending at home five months from now.

Thirteen of Ireland's finest are rated here among the top six in eight of eleven weight divisions, but, sadly, only three Ulstermen have been listed - Ryan Lindberg, Anthony Cacace, and Kevin Doherty, from Londonderry.

Southpaw Lindberg (18) is at No.3 behind England's smart young bantamweight, Joe Murray, and Oliver Joyce, from Athy, and Cacace, too, has been promoted to third-best lightweight above Doherty, whom he clearly outboxed at the recent Smithwick's finals.

It will surprise many fans that Eamon O'Kane doesn't get a higher ranking. There are nine young middleweights in all ahead of Immaculata's Ulster champion in a division dominated by Fundo Mhura, of Edinburgh, and Irish champion Darren Sutherland. Mhura is hardly a native Scot, but the better of two boxers from the Leith Victoria club to be awarded a No.1 ranking.

Like pin-up boy Sutherland, the Dublin-born son of a Caribbean exile, Eric Donovan and welterweight Roy Sheahan, both Irish champions coached by ABA president, Dominic O'Rourke, are reckoned to be second-best to a pair of good Englishmen at their weight.

And the Hamill boys from Ballymena? Dermot is at No.7 among the cream of Britain's 10-stone amateurs, while Thomas is one rung behind O'Kane at middleweight when he would rather have figured in the welterweight ratings. On top of the ladder here is Liverpool's Neil Perkins, who beat 'TJ' for a medal at last year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

It's finals' night next Friday in the all-Ireland Seniors in Dublin, but don't expect miracles from what remains of Ulster's challenge.

Gone, it seems, are the glory days when we crowned seven champions in four out of six years between 1992 and '97, prior to which Wayne McCullough proudly led a record posse of EIGHT Ulster winners on an unforgettable night 17 years ago.

There's no prize for guessing who joined warrior Wayne on the victory rostrum. Suffice to say that, between them, they won 14 National Senior championships, and were: Tommy Waite (light-fly), McCullough (flyweight), Jim Todd (bantam), Roy Nash (feather), Jim Erskine (lightweight), Eddie Fisher (welter), Jason McKay (light-heavy) and Paul Douglas (super-heavy).

Only one title came North 12 months ago, courtesy of Dermot Hamill, after the cruellest of decisions robbed Paddy Barnes of victory at light-flyweight. Hopefully, fate will be kinder to our boys this time.

BARRY McGuigan is right. Cracks are beginning to show in the Ricky Hatton mirror.

Ten years of fighting the scales as well as over 40 opponents could be taking its toll. Maybe a couple more hard contests is all the Hitman has left in a tank now running close to empty. Hatton (28) is a world champion again, but for how long?

If he tangles with Jose Luis Castillo in another million-dollar June showpiece in Las Vegas, my money will be on the Mexican.

It's true that a weight-troubled Castillo laboured to a split-decision win in a supporting role to Ricky last weekend, but he's still no slouch at 33, and has more knock-outs on his gun-belt than the unbeaten Hatton has fights.

For a flattering 11-1 victory in rounds against a good, not great, Colombian, Hatton gave nothing more than a street-wise display of hitting and holding, and that won't be good enough against Castillo.

Ricky, who is said to have shed a weighty 40 lbs in three months before the fight, winced noticeably at times from body punches, and again looked leg-weary and ill at ease in the late rounds. "There's no way this fight was as one-sided as the judges made out," declared Ricky with typical candour, but it was trainer Billy Graham who bled most for his champion.

"Never mind winning rounds. Just get through this," he was heard to say, a sure sign that things weren't going entirely to plan!

 

 

Lindberg wins

Boxing: Irish National Senior Championships


Ryan Lindberg, the classy Immaculata, Belfast southpaw left no doubt as to his intention and designs on his first National senior boxing title when operating with verve and imagination, not to mention style, at the semi-finals stage at the National Stadium in Dublin last night.
Lindberg was simply too good for his old foe in Ulster competition Carl Frampton of the Midlands, White City club.
It finished in a 23-17 victory; but a confident Lindberg astonishingly took a standing count of eight amid all his dominance.
This happened just before the bell to signal the end of round three, when a slugging match developed on the ropes, which was mainly due to Frampton’s determination to get back into the fight, after he had trailed 5-12 at the half way stage.
Leather flew rapidly and Frampton just about prompted the referee to stop this fierce slugging match, and adjudged that Lindberg had come off second best.
Undaunted by the experience the Immaculata boy, who is the reigning national U21 champion, boxed clever to good effect for his six-point winning margin.
Paddy Barnes of the Holy Family Club, Belfast, was a 16-2 winner over Gary McDonagh of the Killcullen Club, Kildare. Barnes was far too experienced for the Kildare boy and coasted to victory, giving quite an exhibition en route.
He made it difficult for McDonagh by his clever use of the ring and generally scored and moved to convincing extent.
Eric Donovan, from the St Michael’s Club, Athy was the first defending champion of this year’s championships to advance. Donovan is one of five St Michael’s boxers to reach the semi-finals, and he led by example by ousting Willie Casey of the Our Lady’s Club, Limerick to win 27-15.
Donovan, a compact boxer, is not in the business of stepping back and while Casey tried desperately to force the pace by not being afraid to advance, it was Donovan’s experience scoring power that counted in the end.

 

 

January 28th.

 

                                          IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION

                                                                 "Semi Finals Completed"                                    

                                   
St Michael's Athy are guaranteed at least a brace of  Irish titles after two of their boxers marched into next weekends National Senior  Championships finals following victories at the National Stadium in Dublin last night.

David Oliver Joyce booked his ticket into the featherweight decider following victory over Ross Hickey and will now meet his St Michael's Athy team-mate Eric Donovan in next Fridays final.

And next Fridays welterweight showdown will also be an all St Michael's Athy affair after David Joyce set up a

 69Kg final with Roy Sheahan.

The Sheahan/Joyce clash is a repeat of last years final which Sheahan won 12-8.

John Joe Joyce, also of St Michael's Athy-who were presented with the IABA club of the year award at the recent IABA awards night-will compete in next Fridays lightweight final versus Ciaran Bates of St Aidens.

Bates progressed to the 60Kg decider after chalking up an impressive victory over JP Campbell.

Clonmels Kevin Fennnessy goes head-to-head with Ulster Senior champion Ryan Lindberg in the 54Kg final after he edged out TJ Doheny in a very close bantamweight clash.

Tommy Dwyer of the St Aidens club is also within one fight of a senior title following  a hard fought victory  over Mark Wickham.

Meanwhile, Belfast Eamon O'Kane recorded a 4th round stoppage of Sean Shevlin to set up a 75Kg meeting with defending champ Darren Sutherland  and Dromores Willie Mitchell clashes with six times national champ and European bronze medallist Ken Egan.

Last night's heavyweight clash between John Sweeney and Michael Mullaney produced the fight of the evening with the lead changing hands twice before Sweeney forced Mullaney into a standing count in the fourth en route to victory.

The super heavyweight contest went the way of Belfast's Cathal McMonagle  who defeated Drimnaghs Simon O'Reilly.

The 2007 National Senior Championships will resume with finals night at the Stadium in Dublin next Friday night (February 2nd).

World and back-to-back lightweight champion Katie Taylor will meet Finland's Eva Walstrom on  finals night

in a repeat of the 2005 European final and 2006 World Championships last 16 decider.Taylor won both fights.

 

National Senior Championships Semi Finals Results (Saturday January 27th).

54Kg:K Fennessey (Clonmel) beat TJ Doheny (Portlaoise) 12-9,

57Kg:R Hickey (Grangecon)  lost to D O Joyce (St Michael's Athy) 9-18,

60Kg: JP Campbell (Edenderry) lost  C Bates (St Mary's Dublin) 22-4,

64Kg: M Wickham (St Ant/Pats) lost T Dwyer (St Aidens) 13-17,

69Kg: T Hamill (All Saints) lost to D Joyce (St Michael's Athy) 9-16,

75Kg: E O'Kane (Immacullata) beat  S Shevlin (Dealgan) RSC4.

81Kg: S Crudden (Enniskillen) lost to  W Mitchell (Dromore) 5-21,

91Kg: J Sweeney (Dungloe) beat  M Mullaney (Claremorris) 18-15.

91Kg+: C McMonagle (Holy Trinity) beat S Reilly (Drimnagh) 13-4.

 

National Senior Championships Semi Finals Results (Friday January 26th)
48Kg: G McDonagh (Kilcullen) lost to Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) 2-16,
54Kg: C Frampton (Midland White City) lost to R Lindberg (Immaculatta) 17-23,
57Kg: E Donovan (St Michael's Athy) beat Willie Caseyt (OLOL) 27-15,
60Kg: JJ Joyce (St Michael's Athy) beat  K Crawley (Glasnevin) 26-5,
64Kg: A Carlyle (Golden Cobra) beat E Touhey (Moate) RSC3,
69Kg: R Sheahan (St Michael's Athy) beat F Redmond (Arklow) 16-1,
75Kg: D Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) beat E Healy (Portlaoise) RSC3,
91Kg: I Timms (St Matthews) beat J Sweeney (Drimnagh) 9-8,
91+Kg: A Crampton (St Broughans) beat M Sweeney (Drimnagh) 20-8,

 

Bernard O'Neill
Public Relations Officer
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Tel: +353 086 057 9558/+353 085 763 3090
e-mail: bernard.oneill@oceanfree.net
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Boxing: O'Kane relishing Irish final showdown with Sutherland

Monday, January 29, 2007

O'Kane's meeting with reigning middleweight champion Darren Sutherland is one of the most eagerly awaited of all the contests.

Ulster boxers Paddy Barnes, Ryan Lindberg, Cathal McMonagle, Willie Mitchell and John Sweeney also moved through to finals night in the National Stadium at the weekend.

O'Kane overcame the bustling Sean Shevlin of Dealgan on Saturday night, stopping him in the fourth round.

The Immaculata boxer took a couple of rounds to take control of the semi-final as, at the end of the opening round, they were tied at 4-4, before O'Kane entered the third leading 11-7.

Then O'Kane took full command, rattling home his quick combinations and with two minutes remaining he was 18-9 ahead.

O'Kane maintained his high tempo and the referee was forced to step in as Shevlin was sent reeling by an overhand right.

"It took me a while to get my timing because he was in my face from the start, but once my punches started to connect I was in control and the referee had to step in because he was out of it," said O'Kane.

"Now I've got Sutherland and that should be a great fight. I can't wait for that one."

Following on from the success of Belfast men Lindberg and Barnes on Friday night, McMonagle moved through to the super-heavy decider.

McMonagle, of Holy Trinity, dominated Drimnagh's Simon Reilly, winning 13-4.

Light-heavyweight Mitchell, of the Shamrock club, caused a slight upset as he defeated Enniskillen's Sean Crudden 21-5. Mitchell now faces mission impossible against Ken Egan.

Sweeney, of Dungloe, edged through to the heavyweight final, defeating Michael Mullaney of Claremorris 18-15.

The one disappointment for Ulster was the defeat of welterweight TJ Hamill of All Saints, who went down 16-9 at the hands of David Joyce.

 

Ulster six poised for
29/01/2007
Amateur Boxing

Four additional Ulster boxers will have their big night in the finals of the National Senior Boxing Championships at the National Stadium next Friday after the second session of semi-finals were decided on the South Circular Road on Saturday.
Following success for Paddy Barnes and Ryan Lindberg on Friday, Immaculata middleweight Eamon O’Kane, Dromore light-heavy Willie Mitchell, Dungloe heavy John Sweeney and Holy Trinity super heavy Cathal McMonagle all made it through on Saturday evening.
O’Kane the Ulster kingpin at 75kgs, stopped Sean O’Rourke of Dalgan in the fourth round. The former St Canice’s man was quite impressive from the first bell, but he will face an enormous task on Friday when he is confronted by Darren Sutherland, the highly talented St Saviour’s boxer.
Willie Mitchell of Dromore won convincingly, sealing a 21-5 success over Sean Crudden of Enniskillen at 81kilos. But his next bout will be very tough as he faces Ken Egan who is striving for a seventh successive light heavy title.
Donegal lad Sweeney, meanwhile, set up a fascinating 91kg decider with St Matthew’s Ian Timms, eventually seeing off Michael Mullaney of Claremorris on an 18-15 scoreline. And Holy Trinity hitter Cathal McMonagle had little trouble dealing with Drimnagh’s Simon Reilly, a 13-4 win setting up a 91+kg final with St Broughan’s Anthony Crampton.
A terrific 54kilos contest is in the offing following Tipperary’s Kevin Fennessy’s victory over JP Doherty from Portlaoise. Fennessy clearly showed that he can deal with southpaws dealing with Doherty for a 12-9 win. However, he will have to be well prepared for the irrepressible Ryan Lindberg next week.
John Paul Campbell went down to Cathal Bates of Dublin’s St Mary’s very decisively, but Bates will have his work cut out against one of Athy’s Joyce clan, JJ, at lightweight.
The St Michael’s Athy club claimed five places in Friday’s finals. Ironically though, they can only win a possible three awards because at featherweight and welterweight they monopolise.
David Oliver Joyce , after his victory over Ross Hickey of Grangecon at featherweight, will now go in against fancied team-mate Eric Donovan. And Davey Joyce will contest the final of the 69kg class against Roy Sheahan.

 

Sweeney’s odyssey
30/01/2007

SECONDS OUT


Living on the edge of the Atlantic seaboard may seem idyllic but the location brings massive problems for any aspiring young amateur boxer.
Ulster heavyweight champion John Sweeney is a case in point.
Here’s a typically rigorous travel itinerary the big 21-year-old Dungloe man has to face to compete in any Ulster Championship.
For the Ulster Seniors semi-finals and finals, he travelled for an hour and a half to Derry for the weigh in at eight o’clock in the morning, travelled back to Dungloe, changed into his work clothes, did a day’s work, was picked up by his trainer at 5pm to head down to Belfast to compete, followed by the lengthy return journey to Dungloe to arrive home in the wee small hours.
Faced with that gruelling schedule, it’s a minor miracle there are any boxers in that part of Donegal, let alone Ulster Senior champions.
“That’s what we’re up against. The problem with us in the nor-west is that we’re away out on a limb,’’ said Dungloe coach Brendan McCole.
“There’s great potential there but it’s difficult to get the competition and sparring for John.
“We only had three spars before he went to the Ulster Seniors.
“We rarely get any sparring with him so we just have to work the pads.
“We need to be working with the other coaches too. Boxers can get stale working with the one coach, working with other coaches gives variety, picking up ideas.’’
But despite all the problems and pressures, McCole is confident that Sweeney has what it takes to succeed.
And McCole should know. The Donegal man was Ulster light welterweight senior titleholder himself in the late ’80s, defeating good champions John Erskine and Billy Cowan on the way.


Pat Cosgrove, Tony Williamson, John Lowey, Chris Carleton (RIP), Gerard McKenna, Jim Webb, Damien Denny, Ray Close, Tommy Corr, Paul Douglas and Eric Gamble joined the 20-year-old Donegal digger on the 1987 Ulster victory rostrum.


And boxing’s in the Sweeney blood.
John’s dad also featured in the Ulster Seniors.
“The pedigree’s there, the boxing’s in the family. His father Michael boxed Jim McCourt in his day, so the tradition’s there.
“John’s a good mover too, light on his feet for a heavyweight and we’re trying to work on the power, the delivery of his punches but that will come.
“It’s there, it’s just about getting it developed, getting the right training, right sparring.’’
Ulster have six boxers through to this Friday’s National Senior Championship finals, Sweeney included.
He had little trouble against Castlebar’s John Waldron in the quarter-finals but had a rougher time before taming Michael Mullaney (Claremorris) 18-15 in last Saturday’s semis.
“John had a bug all week, a bit of a flu, ahead of the semi-finals,’’ revealed McCole.
“He was a bit sluggish in the first two rounds but lucky enough he came to life in the third and fourth and it worked out well in the end.
“I’m not taking anything away from Mullaney, he’s a good lad but John just wasn’t in top form.
“We know he’ll need to be on Friday. He’ll need all his strength in the final because (Ian) Timms is a seasoned campaigner, he’s crafty as well.
“John’ll need his wits about him.’’
Those wits have been sharpened recently with coaching stints by former Irish senior champion Stephen Reynolds down the road in Sligo.
“John’s an apprentice carpenter and he’s been staying down in Sligo for the last fortnight which hasn’t helped either but we just have to make the best of it,’’ added McCole.
“He’s going to the college for two months and he’s been able to fit in a couple of sessions with big Stephen down at his gym which has helped him.’’
It’s almost 20 years since Brendan McCole secured Dungloe’s first Senior title.
John Sweeney made it two on January 11 at the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
McCole is hoping that his friendly, big heavyweight prospect can go one step further and bring a prized Irish senior crown back from Dublin to his home in the hills of Donegal on Friday night.

FIGHT SCHEDULE
National Senior Championship finals, National Stadium, Dublin
Friday February 2, 7.45pm start
48kg: Jimmy Moore (St Francis, Limerick) v Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
51kg: Conor Ahern (Baldoyle) v Shane Cox (Gorey)
54kg: Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) v Kevin Joseph Fennessy (Clonmel)
57kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael’s, Athy) v David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s, Athy)

60kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s, Athy) v Ciaran Bates St Mary’s Dublin)
64kg: Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra) v Thomas Dwyer (St Aidan’s)
69kg: Roy Sheahan (St Michael’s, Athy) v David Joyce (St Michael’s, Athy)
75kg: Darren Sutherland (St Saviour’s, OBA) v Eamon O’Kane (Immaculata)

81kg: Kenneth Egan (Neilstown) v Willie Mitchell (Dromore)
91kg: Ian Tims (St Matthew’s) v John Sweeney (Dungloe)
91+kg: Anthony Crampton (St Broughan’s) v Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity)

 

 

Boxing: McMonagle aiming to box clever

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cathal McMonagle knows he will have to be a wise guy when he bids for the super-heavyweight title in the Irish seniors finals tomorrow night.

McMonagle, one of six Ulster men in the finals in Dublin's National Stadium, meets Anthony Crampton of St Broughans and the Holy Trinity man expects more of a chess match than a bar room brawl.

"I haven't seen Crampton box but from what I have been told by my coach he is a good boxer and he's a southpaw so I'm sure he'll be looking to dominate with the right hand and try to catch me out with the straight left," said McMonagle, an Irish senior champion in 2005 when he defeated Scott Belshaw.

"It's all about boxing a smart fight and I'm feeling confident that I can get the title.

"The good thing is that I have been there before. Experience counts for a lot in the Stadium.

"So hopefully I can outbox him and if not then I'll just have to throw everything at him.

"I'll be ready for whatever I have to do."

McMonagle has been working diligently with coach Michael Hawkins in the Holy Trinity gym every night after a day's work as an electronic engineer at Andor Technology in Springvale.

But while he knows that sparring is essential, McMonagle has been frustrated by a lack of competitive action - winning the Ulster senior title on a walkover.

"You can't beat fighting, the nerves and the crowd that comes with big fights but it's hard at my weight," he added.

"You just have to put that to one side and get on with it.

"It's handy for me that the gym is so close to my work and I just travel up each night. It's hard work but you have to put it in if you want to be champion.

"Hopefully I can win the super-heavyweight title and the other guys can win their fights as well.

"It's encouraging for Ulster boxing that we have six finalists."

While McMonagle bids for the super-heavy title, John Sweeney has an even tougher task at heavy when he faces Ian Timms of St Matthews.

 

 

February 2nd.
 
                                         IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION
                                                         "2007 Senior  Finals Night"                   
 
ONE way or the other St Michael's Athy will be taking home at least two titles from the Daily Star sponsored 2007 Irish National Senior Boxing Championships which concludes with finals night at the Stadium in Dublin this evening.
But whether it's Eric Donovan, David Joyce, Roy Sheahan or David Oliver Joyce that will be  celebrating remains to be seen.
The Stadium is bracing itself for two all St Michael's Athy finals after Sheahan, Donovan and the two Joyce's marched into the featherweight and welterweight deciders.
Joyce and defending champ Sheahan, who is ranked in the top 20 in Europe, will meet in the 69Kg final after Joyce recorded a semi final win over Thomas Hamill last Saturday.
Twenty four hours earlier Sheahan racked up a convincing 16-1 victory over Arklows Fergal Redmond.
The welterweight clash is a repeat of last years final which Sheahan won 12-8, and Joyce reckons that the re-match it is going to be another edge of the seat affair.
"May the best man win", was his immediate reaction following his victory Hamill, but the 20 year old knows that his club-mate is a major obstacle.
He said: "I spar a lot of Roy and we know each other well and it is going to be  a very exciting four rounds next Friday night.
"It is going to be very tough as Roy is a top class boxer and he will be favourite.Last years final was close enough and I feel that this one will be close also."
The featherweight final will also be an all St Michael's Athy affair after David Oliver Joyce set
up a 57Kg decider with defending champ Eric Donovan following an 18-9 win over Ross Hickey on Saturday. 
Donovan, who beat Hickey in last years final (20-6), looked impressive in his semi final victory over Limericks Willie Casey.
John Joe Joyce, also of St Michael's Athy,who were recently presented with the IABA club of the year award,will compete in next Fridays lightweight final versus Ciaran Bates of St Aidens.
John Joe chalked up a comprehensive victory over Glasnevins Kieran Crawley last Friday night and is favourite to retain his title.
Meanwhile, the President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, Dominic O'Rourke, who is also President of St Michael's Athy, is looking forward to some top class boxing at the Stadium.
He predicted: "It promises to be a great nights boxing and we are all looking forward to this evening.
"This is a very big  year for Irish boxing as the first of the Olympic qualifiers will be at the World Championships in Moscow next September which makes the National Senior Championships all the more significant ."
Some of the top amateur boxers in the World, Europe and Ireland will be in the ring at tonight's Championships
finals.
European bronze medallist Ken Egan, and Darren Sutherland, who reached the quarter finals of the world championships in China in  November 2005, will be defending their light heavy and middleweight titles.
World and back-to-back European lightweight champion Katie Taylor meets  Finland's Eva Walstrom
in a special contest.
Irish boxing greats Gerry Storey, Billy Walsh and Kieran Joyce will be honoured for their services to the sport
this evening.
 
RTE will televise tonight's finals from 9 30pm onwards.
Boxing fans are reminded that Fridays Senior finals will not follow any weigh sequence pattern.
For instance the Ken Egan versus Willie Mitchell light heavyweight contest will be on third, with Katie Taylor and Eva Walstrom  pencilled in to meet in  the fourth fight of the evening.

 

              National Senior Championships Finals National Stadium Dublin Friday, 2 February 2007  (7:45pm)

54Kg:  Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata)  vs  Kevin J. Fennessey (Clonmel)

69Kg:  Roy Sheahan (St. Michaels Athy)  vs  David Joyce (St. Michaels Athy)

81Kg:  Ken Egan (Neilstown)  vs  Willie Mitchell (Dromore)

Special Contest:  Katie Taylor (Ireland)  vs  Eva Walstrom (Finland)

75Kg:  Darren Sutherland (St. Saviours OBA)  vs  Eamon O'Kane (Immaculata)

57Kg:  Eric Donovan (St Michaels Athy)  vs  David Oliver Joyce (St Michaes Athy)

91Kg:  Ian Timms (St. Matthews)  vs  John Sweeney (Dungloe)

60Kg:  John Joe Joyce (St Michaels Athy)  vs  Ciaran Bates (St. Marys Dublin)

48Kg:  Jimmy Moore (St. Francis)  vs  Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)

51Kg:  Conor Ahern (Baldoyle)  vs  Shane Cox (Gorey)

64Kg:  Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra)  vs  Thomas Dwyer (St. Aidens)

91Kg+:  Anthony Crampton (St. Broughans)  vs  Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity)

 

Bernard O'Neill
Public Relations Officer
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Tel: +353 086 057 9558/+353 085 763 3090
e-mail:
bernard.oneill@oceanfree.net
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Boxing: Lindberg wants Ulster to rule

Friday, February 02, 2007

Ryan Lindberg believes he is ready to land his first Irish senior title at the National Stadium tonight.

But while Lindberg is desperate for individual success he is equally keen to see Immaculata team-mate Eamonn O'Kane and friend Paddy Barnes triumph on finals night of the Irish seniors in Dublin.

Last year Ulster senior champion Barnes was controversially beaten by Jimmy Moore of St Francis in the light-flyweight decider and now has the opportunity for revenge.

"I'm very confident that this is going to be my year," says Holy Family man Barnes.

Lindberg certainly agrees and is believes that last weekend's semi-final victory over Carl Frampton has been ideal preparation for his bantamweight showdown with Kevin Fennessey.

"We have boxed before - we fought two years ago in the final of the Irish juniors and he got the better of me on that night," said Lindberg.

"But to be honest I'm a much different fighter to the one who boxed him two years ago. I've had the experience of the Commonwealth Games, the Four Nations and another Ulster seniors.

"And the fight that I had last week with Frampton was just what I needed because Frampton is a stronger fighter than Fennessey.

"Frampton is very strong and hits hard so I'm feeling very confident going into the fight and I know that it's going to be tough.

"Fennessey's a good boxer and he'll make it tough. The key for me is to get off to a fast start in the opening round and that's what I've been working on with my Nugget (Nugent).

"Hopefully I can be one of a few Ulster winners. I think Paddy Barnes has to beat Moore - he's a much better fighter and was very unlucky last year not to get the decision.

"And Eamonn has a great chance as well against (Darren) Sutherland. I think he'll surprise Sutherland with the pace he sets."

Middleweight O'Kane enters the final with Sutherland believing that he can cause an upset as the Dubliner, ranked in the World's top eight, is seen by many as a clear favourite.

"I've been sparring quite a but with Sutherland and obviously he's a very good boxer and he likes to box at his pace and it's my job to put him under pressure and I feel better than ever and I'll just keep going and going at him," said O'Kane.

Cathal McMonagle, John Sweeney and Willie Mitchell are the other three Ulstermen hoping to return north with Irish titles.

The biggest underdog of the night is surely Dromore man Mitchell who steps up to meet Ken Egan at light-heavyweight, while Dungloe's Sweeney meets Ian Timms of St Matthew's at heavyweight.

While Timms will start favourite in his duel with Sweeney, super-heavyweight McMonagle has a stronger chance of success.

Former Irish champion McMonagle of Holy Trinity can expect a close encounter with Anthony Crampton but he should just edge it.

 

Irish finals:

48KG: Jimmy Moore (St Francis) V Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)

51KG: Conor Ahern: (Baldoyle) V Shane Cox (Gorey)

54KG: Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) V Kevin Fennessy (Clonmel)

57KG: Eric Donovan (St Michael's Athy) V David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy)

60KG: John Joe Joyce (St Michaels Athy) V Ciaran Bates (St Mary's) Dublin

64KG: Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra) V Thomas Dwyer (St Aidan's)

69KG: Roy Sheahan (St Michaels Athy) V David Joyce (St Michael's Athy)

75KG: Darren Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) V Eamon O'Kane (Immaculata)

81KG: Kenneth Egan (Neilstown) V Willie Mitchell (Dromore)

91KG: Ian Tims (St Matthew's) V John Sweeney (Dungloe)

91+KG: Anthony Crampton (St Broughan's) V Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity).

 

 

Senior finals glory beckons

Amateur Boxing: Irish Senior Championship finals


ALL those with the traditional puncher’s chance, others classed as technical stylists attracting short odds on victory, world top 10 rated favourites and those fire-fighting from the ropes hoping to produce upsets, will go hell for leather tonight at Dublin’s National Stadium to keep their Olympic dreams alive for 2008.
It is only the first Friday of February, but for Ireland’s hopefuls, this is D-Day. For any fighter with ambitions of staying the distance this year to qualify for the Beijing Games, victory in the finals of the Irish Seniors is essential to meeting the standard for the international squad to compete at the Moscow World Championships in September.
The box-offs in Russia are also the qualifiers for the next Olympics, the top eight at each weight going through to Beijing, so all is set for up to 11 cracking contests this evening, four of which will be televised live by RTE Network Two from 9.30pm.
Ulster have six title contenders aiming to deliver the high quality performances required, spanning from the lightest weight to the heaviest.
Holy Family’s Patrick Barnes seeks revenge against Jimmy Moore of the St Francis club for last year’s debated defeat at light-fly while at super-heavy, former champion Cathal McMonagle is out to land the big shots against St Broughan’s Anthony Crampton and reclaim a title he won two years ago.
McMonagle’s coach is Irish international trainer Michael Hawkins and he believes the Holy Trinity man has shown enough in qualifying and in the gym to suggest he can secure a place at the Moscow World Seniors, at least.
“Cathal is in very, very good shape. He boxed well against U21 champion Simon Reilly in his semi-final, has looked really sharp in training and we would be quietly confident of progressing to the EU Championships in the summer and to the World Seniors in Moscow later in the year. I think Cathal’s got a good chance,” he said.
The odds naturally vary on Ulster’s five other challengers for Irish honours, with the best prospects viewed as light-fly Barnes, who is looking to reverse last season’s narrow loss and has shown excellent form in making the final, and Immaculata bantam Ryan Lindberg.
Lindberg boxed superbly in the Ulsters and in his Irish semi-final against Midland/White City’s highly-rated Carl Frampton. Kevin Fennessey stands between him and the Irish squad. A fast and sharp boxer, this promises to be one of the fights of the night. Lindberg’s fine technical skills may shade it.
Dungiven’s five-time Ulster champion Eamon O’Kane at middleweight, Dromore battler Willie Mitchell at light-heavy where he faces world number four-ranked Kenneth Egan, and impressive Dungloe heavyweight John Sweeney will be giving it their all to keep the Beijing torch lit for a few months more.
European semi-finalist Egan should have too much for Mitchell, O’Kane needs something special if he’s to upset Sutherland, while Sweeney’s match with teak tough Ian Tims is finely balanced. This one of RTE’s four selections for live coverage.
RTE’s broadcast will also be a first for newly crowned European professional super-bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne as he debuts as a sports panellist for RTE.

Fight schedule
National Senior Finals
(tonight at the Stadium, Dublin):
Light-flyweight (48kgs): Patrick Barnes (Holy Family GG) v Jimmy Moore (St Francis)
Flyweight (51kgs): Conor Ahern (Baldoyle) v Shane Cox (Gorey)
Bantamweight (54kgs): Kevin Fennessey (Clonmel) v Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata)
Featherweight (57kgs): David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy)
Lightweight (60kgs): Ciaran Bates (St Mary’s Dublin) v John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
Light-welterweight (64kgs): Thomas Dwyer (St Aidan’s) v Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra)
Welterweight (69kgs): David Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v Roy Sheahan (St Michael’s Athy)
Middleweight (75kgs): Darren Sutherland (St Saviour’s OBA) v Eamon O’Kane (Immaculata)
Light-heavyweight (81kgs): Kenneth Egan (Neilstown) v Willie Mitchell (Dromore)
Heavyweight (91kgs): Ian Tims (St Matthew’s) v John Sweeney (Dungloe)
Super-heavyweight (91kgs+): Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity) v Anthony Crampton (St Broughan’s)
 

 

Lindberg captures title

Amateur Boxing


Ryan Lindberg, the 18-year-old Immaculata bantamweight, will remember his first National Senior Boxing final for a long time to come. He won the title at Dublin’s National Stadium with only a single point to spare, 19-18.
The Immaculata southpaw amazingly found himself in arrears at the end of the first three rounds, 2-4 after the first, 7-8 after the second; and 13-14 after the third.
His opponent, Kevin Fennessey from Tipperary, was in sparkling form and produced the best combinations of the contest.
Lindberg’s precarious position going into the last round worsened in the opening seconds of the final session when Fennessey, a man that could use variation of punch to great effect, got home with solid combinations to head and body and seemed to be on the way.
Midway through that final round however, Lindberg could be regarded to have got lucky when the referee decided to give Fennessey a public warning for a low head which was, in fact, worth two points to the Belfast boy.
The fact that there was only one point between them according to the judges at the end lends huge significance to that public warning.
Fennessey dealt well with a very skilful southpaw opponent, but Lindberg’s one-paced performance somewhat pailed against the all-action endeavours of the anxious Tipperary man.
Kenneth Egan, the Dublin light- heavyweight, may have created a spot of history for himself, for it took him only 22 seconds to win his seven national senior title.
He stopped Willie Mitchell from Tyrone club Dromore with early power to head and body. The Tyrone man seemed out of his class from the first bell. And when it was adjudged by ringsiders at least that Egan had hit after the break, Mitchell had some reason to be infuriated. When the referee stopped it the Tyrone man spat his gumshield out and drop kicked it out of the ring in disgust.
Egan is virtually an automatic choice on Ireland’s team for the EU championships in Dublin in June and the world championships in Moscow in September.
He had received a bye into the final and now would seem justified in his aspiration of reaching Beijing for the Olympics.
Eamonn O’Kane of the Immaculata club Belfast bravely contested the 75kg final against Darren Sutherland of Dublin’s St Saviour’s, but it ended unfortunately in the third round for the Immaculata man who had his most unfortunately thus far in the championships by taking three standing counts of eight before the referee stopped it.

 

BBC Last Updated: Saturday, 3 February 2007, 10:55 GMT

Lindberg lands Irish championship

Belfast boxer Ryan Lindberg

Ryan Lindberg beat Kevin Fennessey in the final

Belfast's Ryan Lindberg snatched he Irish amateur bantamweight crown with a dramatic one-point win over Kevin Fennessey on Friday night.

Fennessey, from Tipperary, was ahead going into the final round but received a public warning and lost 19-18.

Paddy Barnes of Holy Family won the light-flyweight final with a 19-3 success over Jimmy Moore.

Eamonn O'Kane failed to land a fourth Irish title as he lost the middleweight final to Darren Sutherland.

O'Kane took three standing counts before the referee stopped the contest in the third round.

Dungloe's John Sweeney lost the heavyweight final 14-9 to Ian Tims of St Matthew's while Willie Mitchell of Dromore was stopped after just 22 seconds by Dublin light-heavyweight Kenneth Egan.
 

 

Boxing: Dreams come true as Lindberg lands crown

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Ryan Lindberg last night claimed he "fulfilled a childhood dream" when landing the bantamweight title at the Irish Seniors in Dublin's National Stadium.

Lindberg edged a thrilling contest with Clonmel's Kevin Fennessy 19-18, thanks to a public warning in the final round for his opponent who was reduced to tears at the announcement of the decision.

The contrast could hardly have been more stark as Immaculata man Lindberg leaped in celebration after an absorbing duel.

The 18-year-old Belfast man made a nervous start to his first Irish senior title and as his punches fell short, Fennessy made him pay and seemed to win the opening round.

But Lindberg shook off the nerves in the second and got in range to land some telling blows, leaving him just 8-7 down going into the third.

But Fennessy dominated the following two minutes as Lindberg's aggression became a little ragged. But fortunately he was only 14-13 behind going into the final round.

Lindberg blasted out of his blocks in the fourth, once again finding the target with his quick clusters, and at the midway point referee Jim Murrin gave Fennessy his public warning for repeatedly ducking low - handing two vital points to the Belfast man.

Lindberg said: "My coach Nugget (Nugent) told me that I was a point down and I said to myself there's no way I'm letting him take this title from me.

"I went out there determined to give it everything, I really went for it and it paid off.

"For me it's a childhood dream to win the Irish title because I grew up watching the likes of Martin Rogan and Paul Baker winning senior titles and I always said I wanted one of those.

"I still can't quite believe it that I've got my first Irish title. I was a bit nervous in the first round because when I heard the crowd it really stung me at first, but from the second round onwards I settled down.

"I knew it was close but I felt the work I did in the final round was enough to win the fight and now I just hope I can be selected for the world championships later this year.

"I know that I'm a young boxer but I believe I can keep proving to them that I'm ready for the world stage."

Outstanding Dubliner Darren Sutherland made sure there was to be no Immaculata double when he stopped Eamonn O'Kane in the third round of their middleweight decider.

Sutherland, of St. Saviour's, completed an incredible comeback from a horrendous injury when forcing O'Kane to take three counts in the third, though the Dungiven man vehemently protested at the conclusive count when he appeared to slip rather than go down from a clean blow.

Sutherland's career was put in jeopardy last year when he suffered a freak eye injury and was only given the all-clear to train again in September.

Sutherland said: "I feel so emotional, I'm doing my best not to start crying because it means so much to me to be back in the ring and to be champion again.

"I thank God for this and I thank my parents who continued to give me positive information even when I was feeling pessimistic and giving them abuse because the doctors had told me that I would probably never fight again.

"It had happened in a routine international when I got a thumb in the eye and it pushed the eye right back into the socket causing two fractures and I was suffering terrible double vision.

"I now have two permanent plates to reinforce the eye-socket but thankfully I got the all-clear and in the two fights I've had since coming back I have never felt any apprehension in the ring.

"It's my dream to make the Olympics and I feel that I can go to the World Championships, do well and secure my place in Beijing."

As for O'Kane, he was left bitterly disappointed but said that he will now focus his attention on the Commonwealth Championships in the summer.

Roy Sheaham defeated St Michael's, Athy Club-mate David Joyce 12-5 to win the welterweight title, while Dromore's Willie Mitchell was stopped in the first round of the light heavyweight final by Dubliner Ken Egan of Neilstown.

Donegal's John Sweeney fought the fight of his life but still came up short in the heavyweight final going down 14-9 to Ian Timms of St Matthew's, Dublin.

Sweeney, of Dungloe ABC, trailed 8-6 going into the final round but was on level terms early in the fourth when Timms received a public warning but that seemed to inspire the Dubliner who pulled away to win. David Oliver Joyce of St Michael's Athy defeated his club mate Eric Donovan to take the featherweight title, 30-13.

In a special contest Ireland's World Women's Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor defeated Eva Walstrom of Finland 20-4.

 

 

RTE Sport

Joyce shines at National Championships

 

Featherweight David Oliver Joyce was celebrating on the double at the 2007 National Senior Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin last night after dethroning his St Michael's, Athy team-mate Eric Donovan and being presented with the boxer-of-the-tournament award.

Joyce, who moved up a weight following last year's bantamweight triumph, took all four rounds against the defending champ to record a convincing victory.

Belfast's Ryan Lindberg claimed the vacant bantamweight crown after a seesaw four-rounder versus Kevin Fennessey from Clonmel.

Fennessey was ahead by one point going into the final round of this 54Kg decider but a public warning in the fourth tipped the balance in favour of Ulster Senor champion Lindberg.

Light heavyweight Ken Egan, who was targeting his seventh national senior title on the trot, was next into the ring and he forced Willie Mitchell into a standing count inside the first minute.

Mitchell then found himself on the ropes on the receiving end of a flurry of punches forcing the referee to stop the contest with just over one minute gone.

World and back-to-back champ Katie Taylor received a heroine's reception on her return to the Stadium to meet Eva Walstrom in a special contest.

And the Bray women confirmed her status as the world's number one lightweight with a comfortable win over the Finnish puncher, who is ranked third in the world.

Middleweight Darren Sutherland forced Eamon O'Kane into two standing counts in the third en route to claiming his second consecutive title, courtesy of a third-round stoppage.

Defending champion Roy Sheahan met his St Michael's, Athy club-mate David Joyce in the welterweight final and chalked up 12-5 victory twelve months after beating the same opponent 12-8.

Meanwhile, John Joe Joyce ensured it was a St Michael's, Athy hat-trick with a 29-12 victory over Ciaran Bates.

St Matthew's heavyweight Ian Timms, and Donegal's John Sweeney were involved in a top class four-rounder which Timms took despite conceding points when he received a  public warning in the fourth.

Golden Cobra ace Aodh Carlyle was taken right down to the wire by Thomas Dwyer before being handed a slender 5-4 victory.

Heavyweight Cathal McMonagle was behind in the first three rounds but pulled out all the stops in the fourth to clinch victory.

Boxing greats Gerry Storey, Billy Walsh and Kieran Joyce were honoured for their services to the sport at last night's finals.

Speaking after the tournament, Irish Amateur Boxing Association President Dominic O'Rourke described the 2007 Senior Championships as one of the best ever.

He said: 'I would like to thank everyone concerned for making the 2007 National Senior Championships a top class tournament.

'It was definitely one the best senior finals night in the last ten years and a great advertisement for Irish amateur boxing.'

 

2007 National Senior Boxing Championships Finals Results
(Scores in brackets at end of each round)

54Kg: Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) bt Kevin Joseph Fennessey (Clonmel) 19-18, (2-4, 7-8, 13-14, 19-18)

69Kg: Roy Sheahan (St Michael's, Athy) bt David Joyce (St Michael's, Athy) (2-1, 6-2, 8-3, 12-5)

81Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) bt Willie Mitchell (Dromore, Tyrone) (RSC1)

Special Contest: Katie Taylor (Ireland) Eva Walstrom (Finland) 20-4, (7-2, 13-3, 20-4)

75Kg: Darren Sutherland (St Saviour's OBA) bt Eamon O'Kane (Immaculata) RSC3, (4-2, 9-3, RSC3)

57Kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael's, Athy) lost to David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's, Athy) 13-30, (2-4, 8-12, 11-21, 13-30)

91Kg: Ian Timms (St Matthew's) bt John Sweeney (Dungloe) 14-9, (2-0, 5-4, 8-6, 14-9)

60Kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy) bt Ciaran Bates (St Mary's Dublin) 29-12, (6-2, 12-7, 23-8, 29-12)

48Kg: Jim Moore (St Francis) lost to Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) 3-19, (2-6, 3-10, 3-15, 3-19)

51Kg: Conor Ahern (Baldoyle) bt Shane Cox (Gorey) 16-15, (4-3, 7-7, 13-9, 16-15)

64Kg: Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra) bt Thomas Dwyer (St Aidens) 5-4, (1-0, 3-1, 5-1, 5-4)

91+Kg: Anthony Crampton (St Broughans) lost to Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity) 10-14, (4-1, 6-5, 9-8, 10-14)

 

 

 

 

 

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