The days of the count back may be over in boxing following the introduction of the 10 point must scoring system, but some of the bouts are equally tight, as was proven in the 2013 National Junior Cadet Championships last weekend.
The championships got under way at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Three Mayo boxers advanced to the semi-final of the competition over the two days of boxing. Jack Kavanagh (Swinford BC) got the Mayo boxers off to good proceedings in the 38.5 Kg division with a third round TKO of Jake Ryan (Ennis BC). Kavanagh looked impressive during the bout given standing counts to his opponent in rounds one and two before the bout was stopped in round three. Matthew Mc Donagh Geesala BC (44.5 Kg) was the next Mayo boxer in action and his opponent was Harrison Jameson (Virginia BC). The Mayo boy spent no time disposing of the Cavan boxer in the opening round. Eric Nash (Knockmore BC) had a tough and well experienced opponent in Niall Carroll (Ryston BC).
It was President’s Day (John Parson’s) last Sunday and John O’Connor was the winner on a score of 51. Mick Mellett came second with Austin Callaghan third and Junior Prendergast taking the gross prize. Geraldine Evans was the ladies’ winner with Carmel Heverin second, Mary B O’Donnell third and Kitty O’Connor the gross prize winner. The youths section was claimed by Conor Holian, Marissa Brett was second and Adrian O’Connell finished in third.