Cabra star Kennedy picks up his fourth  Irish National title

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Senan Kennedy picked up his fourth Irish title on another big weekend for Cabra Boxing Club last weekend.

The son of famed cut man Mark Kennedy was on one of seven Dublin fighters to celebrate National Junior Cadet Championship success at the National Stadium on Saturday, a day before Cian Crammer was winning international honours for the club.

Teen prospect Kennedy defeated William Heaphy of Golden Gloves by a 4-1 split decision on the South Circular Road to pick up another prestigious Irish gong for himself and the emerging club.

A day later and his clubmate Cramer was celebrating Haringey Box Cup success. Cramer beat two British fighters to reach the 67kg final where he beat fellow countryman Jamie Long to finish top of the podium in his first tournament in a senior Irish vest.

Cramer’s gold contributed to the four gold, five silver and six bronze haul that saw the Irish

select win team of the tournament.    

Fellow emerging Dublin starlets, Ciara Walsh of Smithfield Boxing Club, Mulhuddart’s Chloe Gabriel and Joshua Olaniyan from Jobstown Boxing Club also contributed to the Team Ireland prize pot

While Cramer, Gabriel, Olaniyan, Walsh and co-won honours in the Irish crest, they were not the only Irish fighters competing in the prestigious box cup.

59 Irish boxers traded leather in London, the majority solely representing their clubs. Dubs among those to have success were silver medal winners  Anton Gnockey, Patyrk Adamus, Kellie McLoughlin, Sean Tyndall, Karl Sheridan and Christopher O’Reilly.

Georgia McGovern, Blaine Fitzgerald, Aaron Walsh and Evan Kirwan all took home bronze.  

Closer to home their were fighters from the capital enjoying success in the Junior Cadet Championships.

Danielle Smithers claimed the 32 kg crown via a walkover, while Comghnall Guerrine out gunned ‘Machine Gun’ Paddy Casey to win a 42kg title for form club Sacred Heart.

Crumlin’s Aleigha Murphy won her second Irish title of the year at 44kgs, her twin sister Alanna was unfortunate not to equal the feat, suffering defeat in her decider.

Ella Archbold won a Ballybrack vs St Pappins Dublin derby, beating Sonia Vilku to win the 46kg Irish title at the age grade.  

Darragh Ryan of Driminagh was one of only two fighters to secure a stoppage win on the finals day and stepped into the 63kg winners circle courtesy of a RSC round 2 win.

Sophie Flynn was another to pick up a title becoming St Pappins first ever Junior Cadet champ when she won the 72kg crown.


Dublin Gazette – Digital Edition – June 22, 2023 – Dublin Gazette Newspapers – Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle

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