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Monday, 14th May 2018

Tredagh boxers in championship winning form

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Leinster Champs Julia Remenyuk and Brianna Johnston Mathews from Tredagh Boxing Academy.

Since the last report Tredagh Boxing Academy have a won a number of titles in the ring with Callum ‘Cobra’ Carragher, Jimmy ‘On Fire’ Maguire, Brianna ‘The Piranha’ Johnston Mathews and Julia ‘Hallelujah’ Remenyuk winning the Armagh Open Championships. 

Soon after that day two of the Meath Open Championships Callum ‘Cobra’ Carragher, Rachel ‘The Sensational Bomber’ O Connor and Brianna ‘The Piranha’ Johnston Mathews were also crowned champions. 

In the Westmeath / Longford Open Championships there was further titles in the ring for Jimmy ‘On Fire’ Maguire, Callum ‘Cobra’ Carragher, Brianna ‘The Pirhanha’ Johnston Mathews, Rachel ‘The Sensational Bomber’ O Connor, Julia ‘Hallelujah’ Remenyuk and Leon ‘Inspire’ Maguire. 

Leon ‘Inspire’ Maguire entered the Junior 2 Leinster Championships in Athy in the 91 plus weight category.  Leon’s opponent in the semi-final of the championships was Johnny Crawley from Ennis Boxing Club.  This was a thriller of a contest with the Ennis lad pressing the fight towards Leon throughout the three rounds.

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‘Inspire’ boxed on the back foot throughout the three rounds while counter punching and switching from southpaw to orthodox throughout the fight.  The bout was close but the judges sided with the Tredagh man’s clearer more accurate skilful punching with a unanimous points decision. 

Leon’s opponent in the final was Tre Roberts from the Rudarius Boxing Club in Longford.  Again this was a thrilling encounter with Roberts pressing forward throughout the three rounds.  ‘Inspire’ appeared to catch his opponent with the crisper shots as he counter punched off the back foot in this very close battle.  Unfortunately, the final decision was a 3 – 2 majority decision in favour of the Longford man in a contest that could have gone either way.

Next into the ring for Tredagh was Callum ‘Cobra’ Carragher and Jimmy ‘On Fire’ Maguire who boxed as Boy 1’s in their Leinster Championships held in Newbridge Co. Kildare.  Callum’s opponent in the Quater final was Shawn Greet from Paulstown B.C. in Kilkenny.  ‘Cobra’ put on his usual impressive performance to take all three rounds in convincing fashion to win by a unanimous points decision. 

Next up for Callum was a repeat of the Westmeath / Longford Open Championships where he met once again Jack Byrne from Rochfordbridge B.C. whom he had beaten to win those championships.  All three rounds saw the ‘Cobra’ come forward and cut the ring off with great effect and catch is opponent the bigger, more accurate and greater volume of punches.  To everyone’s surprise the decision was a split verdict to Byrne in one that shocked all present and most of all the Tredagh corner and boxer. 

Next up was Jimmy ‘On Fire’ Maguire who faced a formidable opponent in Jonathon Adedejh from St. Joseph’s B.C. in Wexford who had stopped all of his opponents prior to this bout.  This didn’t phase ‘On Fire’ as he pressed the fight to Adedejh throughout the three rounds and landed the sharper more accurate punches.  Again the judges saw the fight go the other way in a close split decision which left the crowd and the Tredagh corner ‘scratching their heads’. 

Both boys opponents went on to win their finals easily.  Both Tredagh boys had a great sportsman’s mentality after their fights as they are more determined to put the records straight in the future.  This is only the beginning of the boy’s journey into what could be two exciting boxing prospects for the club.

At the Girls Leinster Championships in St. Brigid’s B.C. Kildare, Tredagh Academy’s Rachel ‘The Sensational Bomber’ O Connor was first into action in the Girl 1 39kg category against Alex Dickenson from Offaly. 

Using her ‘long range’ and boxing skills to take control of the fight early on Rachel kept controlled pressure on her opponent and booked her place in the semi-finals with a unanimous decision.  Rachel’s opponent in the semis was Niamh Molloy from Arklow Boxing Club who shaded the bout on a split decision. 

Next up for the girls was Brianna ‘The Piranha’ Johnston who boxed in the Girl 1, 41 kg bracket.  Her opponent in the final of the Championships was Orla Molloy from Setanta B.C. in Kildare.  Molloy proved her worth in the semi-final by stopping her opponent in the second round.  But ‘Pirhana’ had ‘fire in her belly’ as she pushed her opponent back from the opening bell.  There could be no controversy on the decision as ‘Piranha’s hand was raised to be crowned Leinster Champion in an epic display of boxing skills. 

Julia ‘Hallelujah’ Remenyuk followed this and was crowned Leinster Champion for the second year in succession.  Both girls will go on to be the Leinster representatives at the upcoming Girls All Ireland Championships with Julia looking to retain her Irish Title crown from last year.

The club have also been busy attending tournaments in East Meath Boxing Club Bettystown and ‘The Bash on the Border’ Tournament in Armagh. The club have also held a free ‘Healthy Bodies’ 8 week programme for community members who are over 50.  This has been a very successful programme which has introduced boxing skills and training techniques within the classes. 

The coaches have also visited the local Sandpit school for a full day as part of the Active Schools Week and introduced boxing skills to over 200 children on the day. 

The club will host their annual boxing tournament “Thunder & Lightning” on 1st June in Mc Hugh’s Function Room in Drogheda.  Boxing starts at 7pm sharp and there will be 25 contests on show on the night with a Tredagh Selection versus a Leinster Selection. 

The club would like to thank councillors Pio Smith, Colm Markey, Tom Cunningham and Kenneth Flood for supporting the club this year with Councillor’s allocations along with the Des Smyth Foundation with helping to relocate to its new premises in An Grianan Termonfeckin. 

If any young person would like to join the club or any business would like to sponsor a fight on the night of the tournament please call 087 9944799.

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