Great start to the year for Crumlin Boxing Club

By Stephen Leonard

WHAT a start to the new year it has been for Crumlin Boxing Club. No less than five of their members recently competed for Dublin against a Yorkshire select while, only last weekend, another two of their boxers Martin Quinn and James O’Neill won county Novice titles.

William Hayden captained the Dublin team against Yorkshire Select and the Boy Three 62kg earned a unanimous decision after giving his opponent a standing count.

Crumlin Boxing Club IABA Award

There was wins also for Patrick Maughan (Boy One 33kg), Jake Sweeney (Boy One 36kg) and Tom Conroy (Boy Two 39kg).

Karl Sheridan, boxing at 36kg, gave away weight and height to his English champion opponent, and despite a great performance, he lost out on a split decision.

While Crumlin has made an impressive start to the year inside the ring, outside it the club also scooped both the ‘Best Club’ and ‘Best Coaching’ for 2015 accolades at the Irish Boxing Association’s Awards Night in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on Friday.

Accounting for 14 Irish titles last season, Crumlin had plenty of 2015 highlights to look back upon.

Indeed they were represented in the World Junior Championships by Michael Myers and William Hayden while their own John McDonnell captured the National Intermediate Super Heavyweight crown.

Outside of the ring, Crumlin finally returned to its newly-refurbished home in Pearse Park having been force to spend near to nine months away because of the works.

The ‘Best Coaching’ Award served to pay tribute to the hard work of Crumlin Head Coach Philip Sutcliffe and his team that includes Patrick Brady, Bob Conroy, Michael Myers, Freddie Martin, Glen Doyle, Karl Sheridan, Gerard Doyle, Shane, Alan Perry and Eamonn Bekkeue while Aaron Dempsey is new to the Crumlin set-up.

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