Mari secures bronze for Ireland

by Rose Barrett
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Monkstown Boxing Club and Irish army private Sean Mari returned home to Dublin recently, having secured a bronze medal for Ireland, writes Rose Barrett, another success for the young boxer and Monkstown BC. 

This is the club’s second medal at a major international boxing event, with Jack Marley also bringing home a bronze from the European U22 championships in June 2021.

Mari had to work extremely hard for his bronze win. In the final round, he defeated a a fellow army personnel boxer from Iran by unanimous decision, 5-0. In the quarter finals, Sean then defeated a former Olympian from Mozambique, and had to use all his experience (seven national titles to date) to defeat the exceptionally tall opponent, also 5-0 to Mari.

The Monkstown boxer then guaranteed a bronze medal when he came up against the eventual gold medalist from Kazakhstan. This was a nip and tuck contest with both boxers having success with the 3 rounds. Unfortunately for Sean, the Kazagh won by 3/2 split decision from the five international judges. 

Monkstown BC continued their success with three boxers heading into this Saturday nights Irish Elite Finals held at the National Stadium (action live on TG4 sat night from 7:15pm). Competitors include female boxer Carol Coughlan and club mates Jake Rapple (Bantamweight) and Jack Marley (Heavyweight).

Carol Coughlan in the lightweight division has come through two tough bouts, defeating girls from Crumlin BC and Smithfield BC. She now faces her arch nemesis Shannon Sweeney from St Annes Westport BC, whom Carol has lost to twice previously.

Jake Rapple, still only 19, performed excellently outpointing an older boxer from Crumlin BC, he now faces Olympian Brendan Irvine in the final of the bantamweight 54kg final. Jack Marley (only 18) also had a unanimous win in the semis against a tough boxer from Cork. He now faces an accomplished boxer from Athlone BC in the heavyweight final.

“All this great work done by the club could not have been done without the help of St Josephs FC Sallynoggin Committee,” said JP Kinsella of Monkstown BC. “They’ve allowed the club use their great facilities and prepare our boxers. Monsktown has grown tremendously since we started using their sports hall temporarily. With exclusive use on a daily basis for our classes, we have been able to provide more boxing classes to the community, and are very grateful for it.”

Classes cater for boys and girls from five years upwards, along with adult boxercise,

Schools boxing with St Kevin’s Sallynoggin NS, Booterstown Boys NS, Holy Child Sallynoggin and Ballinteer College.

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