Doyle’s All-Ireland delight

by Karl Graham

KENNETH Doyle followed in the esteemed footsteps of Michael Carruth and Billy Walsh by winning the Irish senior light welterweight title at the National Stadium.
The 18-year-old has fought out of Monkstown Boxing Club since he was just nine years of age, and has now written himself into the club’s history books by becoming their first senior champion.
Doyle’s early years brought disappointment as he lost in the final of the Dublin Leagues when he was 11-years-old, before he lost the Dublin championship decider later that year.
At the tender age of 16, he finally achieved the success his hard work deserved when he lifted both of the titles that had eluded him during his early teen years, while also making it as far as the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland championship.
Over the last two years he went one stage further by finishing runner up in the All-Ireland, before this year winning the Leinster senior championship and once more booking his place in the All-Ireland.
The beauty of the victory is that it sees fighters ranging from 18 to 40 years of age compete to be named best in Ireland. Doyle made light work of Castlebar’s Aaron Daly in the last 16 by taking the fight 5-0.
Next up for Doyle was Corkman Jamie Long but it was the Dubliner who progressed after a 3-2 victory. Michael Kinsella from Wexford was Doyle’s opponent in the semi-final but he proved no match as he lost 5-0.
Now, Donegal’s Matthew McCole was the only man standing in Doyle’s way, but the student was not to be denied and took his first All-Ireland senior championship after a 5-1 win.
“This is unbelievable for Kenneth. At the tender age of 18 winning a senior title is an exceptional achievement,” said club coach James Doyle.
“He deserves everything he gets from boxing as he puts so much in; he is first into the club in the evening and last to leave.
“He has worked so hard for this – we are over the moon for him.”
Despite his obvious talent, Doyle is not putting all his eggs in the one basket.
He is also studying at Sallynoggin College of Further Education as he looks to build a career in sports and leisure management.
Elsewhere, Monkstown BC were the hosts as Dublin enjoyed Four Nations success by finishing joint-top in the medals table alongside St Petersburg, and ahead of NRW Region from Germany and the Leinster Development Team.

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