Garda team tune up for world championships

JUST a couple of weeks after a sell-out event at the same venue, Rylane Boxing Club will stage another boxing extravaganza at the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom on Friday, February 23.

Last time they hosted a Garda team and this time they will again feature members of the Garda squad preparing for the World Police and Firemen’s Championships in Australia.

Amongst them this time, however, will be the talented Mayo man, Marvin Lee, once a constant thorn in the side of seven-times national senior champion Kenneth Egan.

He will step up a division to heavyweight to box Mike Fouhy from the St. Colman’s Club in Shanagarry, who beat another member of the Garda world championship squad, Niall Kennedy, at the last show.

David Barrett will top the bill once again following his impressive performance the last time when he outpointed, national U21 champion Tom McGrath, from St. Colman’s ABC.

He will be opposed by Ian Roche from Wexford, another member of the Garda team, as he continues his return to boxing after a short break.

“I am convinced David would have won the welterweight title if he had gone for this year’s senior championships,” said Rylane coach Dan Lane. “Tom Dwyer from Ferns lost by to Aodh Carlyle in the final and David beat him pretty comprehensively in the intermediate championships.”

Tom Murray, who has made a dramatic return to boxing, will also take his place on the bill, facing a stern task against Hugh Joyce, from St. Michael’s ABC in Athy.

Meanwhile, St Michael’s Athy featherweight Eric Donovan will clash with English puncher Kallum De-ath in Donegal next weekend. The two times national senior champ faces De-ath as part of an Ireland selection versus England selection at the Abbey Hotel.

Reigning national U21 champion Stephen O’Reilly (Twinstowns), Dara McNulty (St John Bosco), Rory McShane (Letterkenny) and Noel McCarron (Carrigart) will also be in action.

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