A successful night of the champions


A successful night of the champions

St John’s Boxing Club held a ‘Night of the Champions’ tournament on Saturday last at the Fermoy Community Youth Centre where we had 13 bouts down for decision.

Sunday, 21 April 2013
3:00 AM GMT

St John’s Boxing Club held a ‘Night of the Champions’ tournament on Saturday last at the Fermoy Community Youth Centre where we had 13 bouts down for decision plus we had 4 underage no decision bouts on. We had 6 boxers competing and they all boxed superbly. In the under ages we had 9 year old Caitlin Byrne (St John’s boxing club) do a three way exhibition bout with Elise Harris (Trojan Boxing Club, Listowel) and Ellie May Lonergan (Clonmel Boxing Club). Caitlin gave six excellent rounds of boxing with solid left jabs and brilliant combinations. This is a girl with a bright future in boxing and a girl to watch out for, as she cannot compete officially in tournaments and championships until she is 11 years old. The next Katie Taylor in the making.

We also had two 8-year-olds Patrick Delaney and Jamie McDonagh in action. Patrick’s opponent was Tadhg O'Sullivan (Bantry Boxing Club) where Patrick gave three excellent rounds of boxing and is a future champion. Jamie’s opponent was Kalem Lonergan (Tipperary Town Boxing Club), where these boys went punch for punch the whole three rounds and are certain champions of the future.

We then moved on to the opening contest of the night, that was boy 1 (29kg) county champion Tommy McDonagh (St John’s Boxing Club) whose opponent was boy 2 (29kg), Munster champion Sebb Kingerlee (Bantry Boxing Club). Tommy started off brilliantly with solid one-two combinations. In the second round he upped the tempo with double attacks catching Sebb to the head and body. In the third and final round, Tommy used the ring fainting the jab and catching with double right hands and left hooks and went on to win the contest by a unanimous decision. Tommy also got best home boxer award.

Next we had Ivan Ohrim (St John’s Boxing Club) whose opponent was Evan McElroy (St Colman’s Boxing Club, Shanagarry). Ivan started well using his jab and right to body. In the second round Evan put the pressure on Ivan and Ivan was having none of it with him stepping off to the side and catching on the counter, where he did brilliant counter punching. In the third and final round Ivan used the centre of the ring catching his opponent with a solid right uppercut left hook to the head and then kept the pressure on him with the referee giving Evan a standing count of 8, with the ref letting the boxers continue. Ivan was on the attack and the bell sounded after three excellent rounds of boxing. Ivan won the contest by unanimous decision and great credit must go to this boy as he travels over 40 miles three nights a week to train with us and we have no doubt he will be a national champion in the near future. So watch out for this boy, as he is only with us 9 months and it’s a credit to have a boy of his talent in the making.

Our last boxer to compete was boy 2 (42kgs) Arthur McDonagh who’s opponent was Ian Desmond (Midleton BC), where Arthur gave three brilliant rounds of boxing and went on to win by unanimous decision. Well done to all our boxers, we are so proud of you.


Boy 1 (29kg) Tommy McDonagh (BT) Sebb Kinger-Lee (Bantry BC).

Boy 2 (60kg) Adam O’Flynn (Togher BC) (lost) Patrick McCarthy (Bantry BC).

Boy 1 (42kg) Ivan Ohrim (St John’s BC) (beat) Evan McElroy (St Colmans).

Junior (63kg) Dean Lenihan (Ballincollig) (lost) Brendan Ryan (Clonmel).

Boy 2 (42kg) Arthur McDonagh (St Johns) (beat) Ian Desmond (Midleton).

Inter l/weight Niamh Ball (Trojan BC) (lost) Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel).

Boy 4 (60kg) Padraig Finnan (Tipp Town) (beat) Nevin Hall (Midleton).

Boy 3 (60kg) Patrick Connors (Ballincollig) (beat) Nathan Dalton (Clonmel).

Inter (light/welter) Colm O’Donovan (Togher) (lost) Darragh Roche (Sunnyside).

Boy 4 (50kg) Baki Albayrah (Togher) (beat) Jack Devitt (Kilfinnan).

Junior 2 75kg Brian Hennessy (Ballincollig) (beat) Colm Casey (St. Colmans).

Inter/lightw. Maurice Falvey (Trojan BC) (lost) Jack Connolly (Clonmel).

Senior FW Barry Walsh (St Colmans) (beat) Robert Cassidy (Kilfinora).

The club would like to thank boxers, coaches and officials for participating in the tournament and to our medic, Denis Dingivan for doing an excellent job.

Sponsors of the ‘Night of the Champions’ were: Todgie’s Traditional Takeaway, Carey’s Tools, Cork, Bella Café, Fermoy Medical Hall, Picture Perfect, Senator Paul Bradford, Matthew Bermingham & Co. Solicitors, Billy Ahern Car Sales, The Avondhu, Bohan Dry Cleaners, Sunnyside Fruit Ltd., Mr Mister, Mitchelstown, Roundy House Bar, Ferriter & Co., Keappock Property Management, Wash N’ Dry Laundrette, Walsh’s Pharmacy, Paddy Walsh Motors, Kevin O’Keeffe M.C.C., Batavia, Riordan’s SuperValu and The Munster House. Please support our sponsors.


It has now come to the end of the season for us and I would like to thank each and everyone of you who supported us the past season. Also to our coaches, Pa, Arthur, Tom and Michelle for the excellent work they are doing with our boxers and also to Felix O’Neill for use of his hall. If there is anyone that I may have omitted, I apologise in advance.

Training will commence again on Monday, August 26th, so any boy or girl that wants to join you can contact Pa Flynn on 087-1675884 and you don’t have to compete in the ring if you want only to do fitness, you are welcome to join the club.


We would like to thank Supermac’s, Fermoy for being our main sponsor since we started up in 2009.


The club would like to wish Danny Keating the very best of luck this weekend when he takes part in the semi-final of the senior cadets at the National Stadium, Dublin. Danny comes from Mitchelstown and boxes out of Watergrasshill Boxing Club. Hopefully you are crowned senior cadet champion and will represent Ireland at the European championships in Russia which take place in June.

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