BOXING: Irish National Junior Championships

by Aishling Conway
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Ava Henry got the fight she wanted as she made it six times the best at the National Stadium over the weekend.

The Dublin Docklands fighter was upset after being crowned Youth Champion via walkover earlier this year, concerned the lack of ring action may hinder her development.

The young Dublin prospect took the fact some fellow starlets decided to avoid her as a compliment but called for her domestic counterparts to stand up and fight.

Kyla Doyle of Whitechurch did just that on Sunday  and made sure the two time European underage medalist had to earn her latest Irish crown, a Junior 2 63kg Championships title.

The well supported Dublin derby decider turned out to be one of the fights of an action packed Bank Holiday weekend on the South Circular Road, which Henry eventually won by a 4-1 split.

Alex Whittaker also won honours at 63kg for Dublin Docklands but in the Junior 1 Championships category. Indeed, Whittaker was one of the stories of the tournament winning her final via stoppage victory and claiming a prestigious Irish title in her first season boxing.Like the Inner City club, Jobstown BC had a two out of three ‘aint bad finals weekend. Ava McCabe and Tiffaney Spencer winning Junior 1 and Junior 2 titles at 48kg and Sienna Fitzpatrick narrowly missing out. Spencer defeated a two time European medal winner in Sophie Curley via a 3-2 split to claim her second Irish crown while McCabe claimed her second Irish title with a hard fought victory Miah Byrne of Setanta.

The victories mean the progressive club can now boast 31 Irish titles in just six years of competitive boxing.

A more renowned Dublin boxing name, Crumlin were also on the double over finals weekend. Chris Stokes and John Monghan became the famous clubs latest Irish champions.

Monkstown enjoyed similar success with Bobbi Jo Keddy wing Junior 1 honours at 115kg for Monkstown and Aliyah Flood claiming the 57kg Junior 2 title. Two rather than three was also the magic number for Avono who had Junior 1 Irish title winners in Kai Griffin, 50k and Martin McDonagh 54kg.

Gerard McDonagh, Franci McDonagh, Aaron Keogh, Marty Maughan Christopher Campbell and Leon Dunne also found themselves in the winners circle for Cabra, Driminagh, Whitechurch, Baldoyle and Mount Tallant respectively.

Monkstown BC’s Aliya Flood celebrates with her team (main) and Dublin
Docklands’ Ava Henry (inset) won her sixth national title

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