The Erne Boxing Club staged their second tournament of the season in Derrylin last week and despite numerous good performances the host’s only managed to score two wins.
Dylan McMahon and Harris Crowley both got their hands raised in victory, Pat Stokes and Ryan Copeland were on the wrong side of split decisions and Charles McDonagh, John Stokes and Mark Monahan also suffered reversals.
The Erne side also had Oisin Cassidy, Kaci Crowley and Mark Kells compete in exhibition matches.
Erne Boxing Club coach Sean Crowley commented: “Dylan McMahon and Harris Crowley both put in good performances and have now both scored back-to-back wins.
“Mark Kells had a great exhibition match to help him warm-up and prepare for his upcoming Ulster final. Kaci continues to impress not only did she box a girl three years older but her opponent was former National champion and multiple Ulster champion.
“Mark Monahan fought brilliantly and was very close to winning. However, we were very disappointed with the scoring of the Ryan Copeland match as we felt he won clearly and even his opponent’s corner acknowledged that the judges got it wrong.”
Oisin Cassidy got the boxing underway against Michael Nevin (Mullingar Elite BC) and the two young combatants traded leather back-and-forth in an entertaining affair.
Kaci Crowley demonstrated her skill and ability against a former Irish champion Nicole Maguire (Castleblaney BC) and Mark Kells warmed up for his pending Ulster title match with a good workout against Conor McKernan (Castleblaney BC).
In the opening competitive match John Stokes took the first two rounds against Adam Boyd (Strabane) but a storming final round from Boyd saw him force two standing counts and force a come-from-behind stoppage victory.
Harris Crowley was pitted against Leinster Championship silver medallist Oliver Dinnegan (Mullingar Elite BC) and dominated all three rounds to score a well-deserved points win. The good performance later earned Harris the Boxer of the Night accolade.
Pat Stokes and Rhys Owens (Enniskillen BC) had a great battle. Stokes started each round fast and would get the better of the early running before Owens would use his good boxing skills and land with the more eye-catching shots to finish the rounds on top. The close contest ended in a split decision with Owens deservedly taking the verdict.
Charles McDonagh fought gamely in all three rounds but his tall opponent Mohammed Elamin (Mullingar Elite BC) made good use of his height and reach advantages to edge the contest on points.
Dylan McMahon turned around the Erne Club’s fortunes in the next contest with a very hard fought win over the very strong Adam McColgan (Immaculata Strabane BC). McColgan fought fiercely but an inspired McMahon punched relentlessly to earn a very hard fought but deserved win.
Mark Monahan was involved in contest of the day with a seesaw battle against Lee Ryan (Mullingar Elite BC). The taller Ryan scored with good jabs and counters but Monahan threw the greater volume of punches. The contest was extremely close and on this occasion the visitor rightly got the verdict.
In the final contest of the day Ryan Copeland having his first contest since last May returned to the ring against Anthony Dinnegan (Mullingar Elite BC) and demonstrated plenty of skills. However, despite controlling the contest and scoring with the cleaner and better quality of punches a split-decision was awarded in favour his opponent.