Monkstown Boxing Club added two more All Ireland titles to their collection at the National Stadium on Saturday 23rd April.
Saturday 23rd April will go down as a memorable day in the History of Monkstown BC as Sean Mari (age 15 - 39kg) and Dylan Doyle (age 15 - 48kg) were both crowned All Ireland Champions. For the past two weeks Monkstown BC have had Four Junior Boxers (boys aged 14, 15 & 16) competing against the best in the country. Unfortunately their fifth entry Sean Kavanagh (2015 Irish Champion) picked up a hand injury in the week leading up to the competition and didn’t take part.
Sean Mari added his third Irish Title in a row, an unbelievable feat. Sean had to box his semi final on Friday 24th beating Adam Hession (Monivea BC, Galway) by split decision 2/1. He turned on the style in finals day by beating the high fancied Antrim Champion Jack O’Neill (Holy Trinity BC, Belfast) by unanimous decision 3/0.
Dylan Doyle added his first All Ireland Title to his Cadet title from 2015. Dylan had three gruelling bouts to take the title. In his quarter final he had to overcome Belfast Boy JP McHale (Star BC, Belfast) by 2/1. He then had to up his game in the semi final to get past multiple Irish Champion David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun BC, Dublin) after 3 very high calibre rounds Dylan won again by 2/1. On finals day he put in a flawless performance to beat Leinster Champion Eddie Gaffney (Clann Naofa BC, Dundalk) to win 3/0.
Kenneth Doyle (age 16 - 60kg) was unfortunately beaten in his final. Like his younger brother he also had to come through two hard bouts to reach the finals. In his quarter final he defeated Ulster Champion Harrison Jameson (Virginia BC, Cavan) by 3/0, in his semi final he defeated Munster Champion Kevin Lee (Douglas BC, Cork) 3/0. On finals day he was up against World Silver Medallist & Multiple Irish Champion Patrick Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes, Limerick) after 3 top quality and close rounds Donovan was awarded the bout.
Eoin Larkin (age 15 – 52kg) lost a very close quarter final bout by 2/1 against Connaught Champion Owen Ward (Ballina BC, Mayo).
Monkstown BC Development Coach James Doyle had to this to say about the memorable day “Finals day at the National Stadium is a huge occasion for any boxer, to say you at the best in the country at your age & weight is a huge achievement. I’ve seen great boxers put in under par performances and lose out on finals day. It was so important that our boys went out and enjoyed the occasion whether they won or lost, we don’t tell our boxers “To Win”, but we do instil confidence to be able to put a performance that is capable of overcoming the occasion. It was really important to me that our 3 finalists got better as the tournament progressed. It’s unfortunate for Kenneth but he has had a fantastic year so far and his day will come if he keeps working as hard as he is. From a performance point of view it was a really successful championship for us - in total we had 9 bouts against the best in the country and we only lost 2.”
Kenneth Doyle won’t have long to rest as he weighs into the All Ireland Under 18 championships (boys aged 16 & 17) on Friday 29th April. The eventual winners will travel to the European Championships in Anapa, Russia June 2016.
IABA report on finals day:
1. Sean Mari has his hand raised on finals day. 2. Dylan Doyle has his hand raised on finals day.