Two Castles boxers show off their skills in Philly

Thursday, 17 November 2016

NEWTOWNSTEWART's Two Castles Boxing Club had five boxers featured in last week's International Boxing Event Ulster Select against a Philadelphia select in the Clarion Hotel, Philadelphia, USA.

First up was Cealan Doherty, who was narrowly defeated in a genuinely close contest against Juan Rivero. Young Doherty gave his all, just didn't have the rub of the green against a very good opponent, and he looks forward to the rematch on Irish soil.

Grainne Gallagher boxed well, again just coming up short in a split decision against a mature opponent, but can be proud of her effort. Jude Gallagher gave away a fair bit of weight against a physically stronger American, but Gallagher won all three rounds to have his hand raise.

Tiarnan Mayse was also a wee bit on the light side and may have lost the opening stanza, but recovered well to win the second and third rounds against his opponent, in a another good match up. Danny McHugh emphasized his continuing improvement this season with a polished performance against his Mexican foe. 

On Friday night Jude Gallagher boxed English lad Michael Stevenson at the Erne ABC Tournament, winning all three rounds comfortably. 

On Saturday there was a good win for Christopher McClean in the Irish National Senior Championships, National Stadium, Dublin to set up an All Tyrone quarter final this Friday night, November 18, against Cookstown's Ryan Cleary. Tiny Donnelly features in an Ulster derby against Illies boxer Garbhan Friel at light heavyweight, also on Friday night.

Next Sunday, November 20, the club welcome Athy ABC back to the village for a tournament in our gym. The club's eight Ulster champions from 2015/16 season all feature in competitive bouts. Matchmaker Mick O'Neill has several standout contests, including European silver medalist Brandon McCarthy against Tiarnan Mayse, and Tiyrann Mullin against Athy champ Mike Donaghue. Jude Gallagher is in red hot form, though will be tested all the way by Mick Stokes, and Cealan Doherty has a tough contest against John Donaghue. Irish champ Padraig O'Donnell will make his debut for the Club, matched twice this weekend.

In all there are 24 bouts down for decision, local people should witness some of the outstanding prospects on view.


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