The Waterford / Tipperary County Boxing Championships were held in Roscrea last week and a large number of boxers from ten clubs in the two counties participated.
It seemed beforehand to be a difficult task for any of the St. Nicholas Club boxers to win and qualify for the Munster Championships, but with the tough training our boys went through under head coach Nicky Butler and the other club coaches James Lacey, Tommy Finn, Paddy Moore, Kieran Quinlan and Anthony Benisch, we managed to win seven titles.
Going on the performances in the County championships the St. Nicholas Club boys have good prospects in Limerick.
Dane Finn, Boy 1 27kgs, had a facile win over James Fogarty from the Clonmel Club. Steven Lazio, Boy 1 31kgs, met and beat his team mate Daniel Marco. James Morrissey had a freak accident before his bout and was forced to withdraw, which was unfortunate but he will have his day.
Conor Whelan, Boy 1 30kgs, lost to Luke Hurley from the Tramore Club although the speedy call from the referee baffled us. Cian Hynes, Boy 1 33kgs, had a tough bout and came out on top by just one point and our Erin Cronin got through on a walkover.
St. Nicholasâ€™ Lee Keane in the Boy 2 48kgs had an unusual experience in having been announced as the winner in his bout, the decision was reversed on a score of 18 to 17. Kiefer McGrath lost to Raymond Ryan from the Thurles Club in the Boy 2 42kgs category. Although having boxed very well in the Boy 3 44kgs class, Paudie Walsh lost to Nathon Dalton, Clonmel B.C. in a tight decision.
Owen Barry got a walkover in the Boy 4 63kgs class. Jeffrey Power lost to J. Kelly from Clonmel in the Boy 3 50kgs class and Donal Sheppard lost to Kevin Sheppard, Nenagh B.C.on a score of 21 to 18.
St. Nicholasâ€™ Christopher Mackey had a magnificent win over Martin Delaney, Tipperary B.C. Down two points going in to the last round, Christopher came out all guns blazing to win on a score of 12 to 10.
The Club would like to thank our junior boxers and especially coach Anthony Benesch for the trojan work in getting the boxers ready for the trip to Roscrea.