BOXING: Hat-trick of titles for sacred Abbey

by Aaron Dunne
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Abbey Molloy made it three Irish titles in less than a year by beating a three-time Irish champ at the National Stadium last weekend.

The Sacred Heart Dublin starlet claimed victory in one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes of action-packed underage amateur boxing weekend to become 44kg National Senior Cadet champion on Sunday.

The talented Tallaght fighter defeated fellow underage standout Keely Stevens of Charlestown a few days shy of the one year anniversary of her first-ever Irish title win.

Santry starlet Isabel Nolan was another to make it a hat trick of Irish titles with victory in the 46kg class. Nolan also had to win a battle of Irish champions to claim her crown, outpointing Ella Thompson of Dunboyne BC and Late Late Toy Show fame to step onto the top of the podium.

Overcoming Irish champions was the theme of Shay O’Dowd’s (inset) tournament, the Swords BC prospect had to beat three Irish title holders and a European bronze medalist to earn his place in Saturday’s final. He then had to come through a Dublin derby before being crowned middleweight champion, Nolan beat Chulain McDonnell of Whitechurch to emerge from one the toughest weight classes as champion.  

Aaron Keogh was another to have his hand raised after a Dublin derby. The Drimnagh boxer claimed the 48kg crown after victory over Dublin Docklands Jimmy Maughan.  

Robyn Wolverson ensured Dublin Docklands had a winner on the day as she defeated Saoirse O’Roirdan via a 4-1 split to claim the lightweight crown and win one of three finals the club were involved in on the day.

Saoirse McCarthy was St Pappins only representative on finals weekend and made sure they had something big to celebrate by winning the 66kg Irish title. McCarthy claimed her second Irish title courtesy of a win over Brigid Murphy of St Brigid’s Kildare.

talented Tallaght fighter Abbey Molloy celebrates her win over fellow underage standout Keely Stevens of Charlestown.
Photo: Matthew Spalding.

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