Oughterard Boxing Club
Oughterard Newsletter June 2013
Lizzie Murphy Lydon became the first female boxer to win an All Ireland title for Oughterard Boxing Club on Saturday 4th May. A week earlier Lizzie defeated Taylor Brady of Esker BC in the semi-final when her fight went to a count back on a score of 10-10. Lizzie defeated Jessica Bissett of Bracken BC on an impressive score line of 15-5 to win the club’s first ever female title and Lizzie’s second All Ireland medal having been awarded an All Ireland title the year previously. There were huge scenes of joy as Lizzie’s hand was raised declaring her winner, as she was well supported in the National Stadium by family, friends and neighbours. Also boxing in the finals for the Oughterard Club was Amy O’Donovan who boxed very impressively against two time All Ireland Champion from Marble City BC Courtney Doheny, with the score finishing 11-7. Both girls can be very proud of their achievements and the club wishes to thank all those that travelled to Dublin and everyone that came out to greet the girls on their home coming. It wraps up another successful year for the club.
Kieran Molloy from the Oughterard Boxing Club has been crowned the National Senior Cadet Champion. These championships took place in the National stadium in Dublin for boxers 16 years and under. At 14 years, Molloy was giving nearly two years away in age and his weight category of 60kg, being one of the most competitive to win.
His first fight was against 16 year old Adam Kelly from Leinster who has won previous Irish titles. Molloy took early command of the fight and won 15 points to 8.
In the quarter final his opponent was Michael Nevin, a cousin of Olympic Silver medallist John Joe Nevin. Michael Nevin is a multiple Irish champion and a current European Champion. This was a very tactical contest which was a joy to watch with both boxers capitalising on any opening to score. At the end of the three rounds Molloy had his hand raised as winner to tremendous cheers from the appreciative crowd.
In the semi final, Kieran’s opponent was 16 year old Tiernan Bradley from Ulster, also a multiple Irish Champion and European medal winner. This was a high tempo contest with both boxers looking to book a place in the final. The first round ended level. Molloy took control of the fight in the second and third rounds, winning 13 points to 7.
In the final his opponent was Adam Curley from Cork, a big powerful 16 year old, holder of a number of Irish titles. From the bell Molloy showed impressive ring craft and some good scoring points. After the first round Molloy was 2 points up.
In round two Molloy upped the tempo and landed some great hooks and then turning Curley. By the end of the round Molloy was now 4 points up.
In the third and final round Molloy wasn’t going to be denied by the powerful Cork man, but Curley kept coming forward trying to land that big right hand that he is renowned for. Molloy was in top form and slipped and turned Curley and scored with some impressive straight punches and hooks.
At the end of the contest Molloy had his hand raised as champion on a score of 13 points to 7.
This is Molloy’s fifth Irish Title and he will now represent Ireland at the European Junior Championships which will be held in Kemerovo, Russia at the end of June, and the World Junior Championships in Kiev, Ukraine in August. This will be a great learning curve for the talented young boxer.