It has been an impressive winter for UCC Boxing, who travelled to and won big in Dublin at the 2016 Novice Intervarsities in UCD. Despite stiff competition from the other colleges, UCC ran away the big winners of the event.
UCC opened the weekend with some impressive wins in the super heavy category. Josh Barnes opened up the campaign when he took on David Mays from Trinity. The UCC super heavyweight put in an excellent performance, and easily disposed of his Trinity counterpart. Next in the ring for UCC was secondary super heavy competitor Gavin O’Herlihy, who was matched against Michael Stapleton from UCD. This also proved to be a hugely entertaining and exciting match-up, and here again UCC were successful in securing their second win at the event.
Paddy Kelly boxed at light welterweight against Eoin Codd from UCD – after a difficult first round, many felt he went on to win the remaining two rounds, but lost controversially by split decision to his Dublin counterpart.
Cathal Power was narrowly beaten by Ross Ward from Trinity later on in the afternoon. Success was redeemed by Eoin O’Sullivan, who boxed at 81kg, against Theo Ward of UCD. This was one of UCC’s finest moments of the weekend, with the Leesider winning by unanimous decision
Michael Burke boxed at cruiserweight against Stephen O’Brien of UCD. This was a closely contested match-up, and Michael did enough to secure a majority decision victory with his strong last round performance.
Barry Lynch was very effective at light heavy, with impressive second and third rounds to gain a victory against Denial Shields of Trinity.
Ciaran Fagan, boxing at 91kg, slipped to a defeat at the hands of Karl Devenay of UCD.
UCC Boxing Club is the oldest club in UCC, and trains on Monday from 8.30 to 10.30pm, Wednesday from 5 to 7pm and at the same time on a Friday.