Above: Clonmel Boxing Club member Alanna Kenny, All Ireland Schoolgirl 66kg champion, Kaisie Joyce, All Ireland Schoolgirl 49kg champion, and All Ireland Schoolboy 76kg champion Lewis Hackett won the national championships held at the Drimnagh Boxing club. Photo: John D Kelly
National Boy/Girl Championships 1 and 2 took place recently at Drimnagh Boxing Club, Dublin, and Clonmel Boxing Club had reason to celebrate, with three boxers returning home as Irish champions.
Alanna Kenny won her first national title in style with an empathetic victory in the final over Rhianna Langan (Knockmore/Foxford) in the girls 2.66kg category. Alanna also won her Munster title in convincing fashion against Leah Sheehan (Sliabh Luachra) a few weeks before.
Lewis Hackett-Kenny produced a fantastic display of boxing to win the boys 2.76kg title over Chulainn McDonnell (Whitechurch) in a 4-1 decision.
In Girls 1, 49kg division, Kaysie Joyce was crowned champion, taking the decision against her opponent Caitlin Scully (Monkstown). Kaysie won a well-deserved Munster title a few weeks before, beating Abby Murray (Muskerry) in an all-action bout in the final.
Charlie Kenny was unlucky in his national championship semi-final bout at the boys 1.37kg, losing to title winner Kaleb Walsh (Wexford CBS) after a strong performance. Charlie beat Morgan Mallon (Holy Trinity, Belfast) in the quarter-finals and claimed a Munster title from Jack Heade (Cobh) with a convincing win.
Oisin O’Kelly is another Clonmel boxer who deserves a mention, losing in the Munster Championships by the narrowest margin to Warren Howard (Riverstown) after an excellent performance.
It was a welcome return to boxing for the kids and all championships were held with Covid-19 safety guidelines in place.