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Another Irish title for Gallagher

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Another Irish title for Gallagher thumbnailTwo Castles boxer Jude Gallagher, pixctured with his coach, Micky O'Neill, won the Irish National Cadet Championship last weekend, the qualifying tournament for the upcoming European Youth Championships in Bulgaria.

TWO Castles boxer Jude Gallagher won the Irish National Cadet Championship last weekend, the qualifying tournament for the upcoming European Youth Championships in Bulgaria.

He defeated a strong Mullingar pugilist in the semi final, and then faced English Champion Patrick Collins. Gallagher took some time getting used to the tricky southpaw's tactics in the opening stanza but finished the round strongly.

Coach Micky O'Neill was clearly switched on and instructed his charge to change his approach, which resulted in two outstanding finishing rounds.

Leading Irish Boxing Offical Dominic O'Rourke described Gallagher's performance as "sensational", and O'Neill described it as the best performance ever from anyone he has coached. This is Gallagher's first representative outing for Ireland, and it was the sweetest of all his seven Irish titles because of this.

Tiarnan Mayse and Ruairi Killoran both fell at the semi-final stage to split decisions. Both their opponents went on to comfortably win gold. The club finishes the season with seven Irish National Titles (six different boxers), and two silvers. A great season by any standard.

Danny McHugh recently journeyed to Romania to represent Ireland in the European Schoolboy Championships. In the first bout Danny faced England's Marcus Ellis and dropped the first round on all scorecards. The Newtownstewart lad rallied in the second, throwing caution to the wind to level the rounds at one apiece.

The third round saw the English lad edge the contest by the narrowest of margins, two Judges opting for McHugh, and three for Ellis, who eventually won bronze in the tournament.

Despite the disappointment, McHugh has had an excellent season, winning his first Irish Title, and he will build on this, his international debut, as his performance proved that he can compete at this level.

A bright future lies ahead, and Irish Team manager Peter O'Donnell spoke glowingly about McHugh: "Danny was very unlucky in the bout. The judges were favoring agression, but despite being the dominant boxer in his bout, the English counter puncher got the nod.

"On another day, with a different set of officials, young Danny could have easily won, and subsequently medaled at the tournment. He was a credit to his club and family."

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