Boxing Honours for Dubliners

by Jonny Stapleton
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Two Dublin amateurs battled their way to major boxing honours without throwing a punch last weekend.

Both Jack Marley and Ella Archbold won prestigious Irish Boxing Awards gongs on Sunday getting due reward for their incredible years.

Indeed, the talented amateurs came through the two toughest fields to win Irish Boxing Awards Amateur of the Year and Irish Boxing Awards Young Amateur of the Year respectively.

Monkstown’s Marley beat off competition from some of Ireland’s greatest amateurs to collect his award. The heavyweight got the nod ahead of the likes of Olympic Champion Kellie Harrington, her fellow 11 time Irish champion Michaela Walsh, European Champion Aoife O’Rourk and another fellow Paris Olympian in Dean Clancy, although it was Keyln Cassidy who pushed him closest in the public vote.

“The Dubliner ended Ireland’s long, long wait for a heavyweight medal with silver at the European Games, claiming a spot at the Paris Olympics in the process,” explained when confirming Marley the winner.

Archbold managed to see off competition from a medal laden shortlist to win her award. The Ballybrack BC starlet was voted number 1 in a field that included Junior World Champions John Donoghue and Siofra Lawless as well as fellow European Schools medal winners Louise Joyce and Cassie Henderson.

“The Dublin dynamo dominated the field in Slovenia, winning four fights to top the podium and edge out fellow European Schools gold medallist Louise Joyce,” it was explained.

There were no other Dublin winners with Wicklow’s Katie Taylor winning Fighter of the Year, Cork’s Tommy Hyde winning Prospect of the Year, Belfast’s Conor Quinn winning Performance of the Year, Galway’s Kieran Molloy winning Knockout of the Year, Shauna O’Keefe winning Debut of the Year and Belfast’s Dee Walsh taking home Coach of the Year for the third year running.

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