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Thursday, 28th March 2024

Tredagh’s Gracie Conway crowned All Ireland U18 Boxing Champion

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And the All Ireland Under 18 National Boxing Championship for 2024 is ... Gracie "Pacie" Conway from Tredagh Boxing Academy!!

Tredagh Boxing Academy’s Gracie "Pacie" Conway has won the All Ireland Under 18 National Boxing Championship for 2024, her fifth All Ireland Title in a row, desp[ite being a year out of her age.

Gracie was one of three boxers representing the Termonfeckin based Tredagh Boxing Academy at the championships along with Callum Carragher and Breanna Johnston who each won silver medals.

First into the ring for Tredagh was Callum Carragher who came up against a fellow All Ireland Champion from Marble City in Kilkenny in an all action contest in which the Tredagh corner were confident Callum had won all three rounds.

To their shock and that of the Tredagh supporters however, the decision went to the Marble City man. The overwhelming consensus from the neutrals in the crowd was alsomthat it should have been Callum who had his hand raised.

In her semi-final, Breanna Johnston faced a fellow All Ireland Champion from Jobstown who she had fought before Christmas when the Jobstown girl got the nod. On this occasion it was the technical powerhouse from Tredagh who won all three rounds to progress to the All-Ireland final along with her club mate Grace Conway.

Conway’s opponent, another All Ireland Champion from Ballynacargy Boxing Club, was a year older than her and for the first two minutes it was "Even Stevens" as Siofra came at Gracie and kept the pressure on. In the final minute, Grace found her range and began to land hard hitting back hand and switch perfectly timed combinations to clinch the round.

Grace Conway, Breanna Johnston and Callum Carragher with coach Padraig McCullough at the the All Ireland Under 18 National Boxing Championships.

In the second and third rounds "Pacie" went up the gears using distance, range and angles to unleash her venomous back hand and high tempo combinations. She switched from being counter puncher to aggressor at the right times to control the rounds to the final bell.

The final decision was never in doubt with a unanimous decision to crown Gracie "Pacie" Conway All Ireland U 18 National Boxing Champion 2024 and win her fifth All Ireland title in a row. 

Next up for Tredagh was Breanna Johnston whose opponent was a four times All Ireland Champion from Monkstown Boxing Club. Neither of the girls found their rhythm in the first round and it emerged on the break that Breanna had injured her thumb.

Following a pep talk a different Piranha emerged from the break and landed some pristine backhand crosses and uppercuts and hooks against her Southpaw opponent. On the break it looked like one round each. 

The final round saw much of the same from Breanna and the Tredagh corner thought she'd done enough to win but the decision went the other way much to the disappointment of Breanna, the Tredagh corner, supporters and many of the neutrals in the crowd.

Congratulations to Breanna’s opponent on a top class bout between two of Ireland’s best female boxers. A massive “well done” must go to Breanna for entering this competition as she hadn't been able to hit a bag or spar for three months due to her thumb injury. Well done on your Silver All Ireland medal Breanna and more importantly your performance. 

Tredagh Academy wishing Grace the Best of Luck at the European Championships in April.

A special mention must also go out to Callum Carragher whose opponent went on to win the All Irelands title. Callum lost out on a 3 / 2 split decision to him in a bout that 95% of the stadium thought he should have been awarded. 

The future is very bright for these three Tredagh Boxers who proved they are amongst if not the top boxers in the country for their ages.

Gracie "Pacie" Conway then went on to join the National High Performance Team in preparation for the upcoming U18 European Championships in April. She has been training hard every weekend with the National Team in the National Stadium, The High Performance Unit in Abbotstown, Test matches against the Ulster High Performance Team and will embark on a five day training camp in France before travelling over to the Junior European Championships being held in Croatia in April.

This is Grace’s fourth time representing her country, she has won a Silver medal at the European Youth Championships and was narrowly beaten at the World Youth Championships be the eventual World Champion by 2 rounds to 1. Good luck to Grace from everyone at Tredagh Boxing Academy. 

Tredagh Boxing Academy would like to extend a Massive "Thank You" to Integral Fitness and Leisure Centre (Drogheda) and to Justin Kellett for sponsoring our 3 boxers to use their top class gym facilities, boxing room, swimming pool, sauna, steam room & jacuzzi etc for the 5 weeks leading up the championships.

The boxers really benefited from the extra strength & conditioning, cardio, recovery facilities etc which they incorporated into their heavy training camp. On a different day all three could have been on the plane to Croatia and were very close.

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