IT Carlow Home Show

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IT Carlow Boxing Club will host their annual club show “Showdown in the Barrow” on Tuesday 5th December. This show has consistently been the best organised college boxing show for the last number of years, highlighted by last year’s event, “Showdown in the Barrow 2 ” winning Student Sports Ireland’s event of the year 2016-17. The Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing association have supported the running of past events in a judging capacity and will be there again this year.

Following IT Carlow’s most successful season in 2016-17, with several IATBA champions and silver medalists, their best boxers will be matched with student boxers from colleges and universities around Ireland.

Boxers interested in competing at the event should complete the entry form at the link below and return it to the email addresses outlined on the form.

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A Look back at the 2016 World University Boxing Championships

One year on from the 7th World University Boxing Championships let’s take a look back at the event and Team Ireland’s exploits.

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The 7th FISU World University Boxing Championships were hosted by Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in association with FISU (International University Sports Federation), the University Athletic Association of Thailand, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Thailand Boxing Association.

The championships attracted participants from 19 nations, exclusively from Europe (13) and Asia (6). There were 100 boxers – 80 males and 20 females. This was the largest athlete entry since the inaugural championships in 2004 hosted by Antalya, Turkey which welcomed 127 boxers from 27 nations.

The 2004 World University Championships was also the only previous occasion when Irish boxers entered. Ireland were represented by Eamon O’Kane and Cathal McMonagle. The 2016 World University Boxing Championships Irish Team was the first team selected under the aegis of the Irish Athletic Third-Level Boxing Association (IATBA), since the association was founded in 2010.

Selection Criteria

Team Selection Criteria Proposed by Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association Officers:

Paul Geoghegan (Team Manager)

Paddy Gallagher (Team Coach)

To be considered to compete at the World University Boxing Championships, individual students must fulfil the following criteria:

  • have previously competed in the National Senior Elite Championships
  • be currently ranked among the top eight boxers in Ireland in their weight class
  • preferably have international experience as a Senior Elite boxer

 

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Student Boxer Selection

The Team Manager nominated five eligible student boxers whom had achieved the selection criteria above to be considered for selection for the World University Championships by the Student Sport Ireland High Performance Committee.

The students proposed were:

Céire Smith – Cavan BC & Dublin City University (Female 51 Kg)

Gary McKenna – Old School BC, Monaghan & University of Ulster (Male 60 Kg)

Christina Desmond – Father Horgan’s BC, Cork & Limerick Institute of Technology (Female 75 Kg)

Conor Wallace – St Monica’s, Newry & University of Ulster (Male 75 Kg)

Kenneth Okungbowa – Athlone BC & Athlone Institute of Technology (Male 91 Kg)

The SSI High Performance Committee, aided by the selection criteria outlined above, and the student nomination forms submitted, reviewed each student boxer nominated and ratified all five for participation at the 7th FISU Boxing World University Championships.

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Ireland Team for Boxing WUC 2016: Céire Smith (51Kg), Paul Geoghegan (Team Manager), Paddy Gallagher (Coach), Christina Desmond (75Kg), Conor Wallace (75Kg), Gary McKenna (60Kg) and Kenneth Okungbowa (91Kg)

Training and preparation

The boxers mainly trained with their club coaches at home in their own clubs. The boxers selected were initially informed of the possibility of Ireland entering a team for the World University Championships in March 2016. In the meantime, Céire Smith and Christina Desmond trained with the Irish High Performance Unit in preparation for the European Olympics Qualifier Tournament in Turkey in April and the AIBA Women’s World Championships in May 2016. Both women were unfortunate to miss out on Olympics qualification.

Kenneth Okungbowa was producing the best form of his career in winning gold medals in both the Haringey International Box Cup in London in June (representing IATBA) and the Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan Co. Waterford in September. Gary McKenna also won a silver medal for the IATBA team at the Haringey Box Cup. Conor Wallace also secured a silver for IATBA at that tournament.

Conor Wallace also had the unique opportunity to be selected by Irish UFC MMA fighter Conor McGregor to be his sparring partner for his training camp in preparation for his ultimate victory over Nate Diaz. Conor trained in Las Vegas for 7 weeks before the showdown on August 20th. Conor had previously been involved in the Irish Elite teams training camp in Azerbaijan in June.

Competition Venue, Organisation and Standard

The venue was the Chiang Mai University Convention Center (CMUCC), built in 1997. The building offers seating for 3,500 persons and floor space of around 1,500 square metres for the field of play for the boxing competition. This was also the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the championships. As the CMUCC is also a theatre venue the acoustics of the building were particularly striking.

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The organisation of the championships were beyond expectations. Every team’s delegation was assigned a liaison team comprising students from Chiang Mai University. The size of these teams was dependent on the size of the delegations. The Irish Team delegation comprised four students for the first two days and the two for the remainder of the event. The liaison teams were the conduit for information between the organizing committee and the delegations. Our liaison team met us at the airport, organized the transport to the hotel, gave us a tour of the facilities and venue, helped us exchange currency and informed us of all duties we had to perform each day every morning. Information was passed along to the team in a Facebook group in which the Irish Team and our liaison team were all members. Our liaison team was most helpful throughout the event and had excellent standard of English as they were studying English at CMU.

The facilities at the hotel and venue were excellent, including the layout of the medical rooms where 24-hour medical service was available from staff from the Chiang Mai University Hospital. Also, the weigh-in facility, officials’ room, technical room etc. were excellent and there were two boxing rings and five free-standing punch bags in a temporary competition training area set-up in the basement of the hotel residence. Three meals a day were offered in a large dining room at Uniserv CMU. The meal windows were large allowing the delegations ample time to eat all their meals allowing for the differing daily schedules. The food and drink were of a high standard, fresh and nutritious, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Every effort was made to ensure that the participants were comfortable.

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Team Ireland with liaisons Map & Su’kitta prior to the Opening Ceremony

 

Review of Individual Performances

Conor Wallace (Middleweight, 75Kg)

Conor opened up the competition for Ireland in the third bout on day one against Valerii Kharlamov of Ukraine in a preliminary bout. Kharlamov had previously boxed in the AIBA World Championships and for the Ukraine Ottomans in the World Series of Boxing.

Wallace began brilliantly, flooring his opponent in the opening round with a big left (for what would be the most impressive knockdown of the whole championships) and taking the lead on the scorecards. Disaster would then strike in as Wallace suffered a nasty cut over his eye, seemingly via a clash of heads. With the scores level 19-19 Coach Paddy Gallagher brought a halt to the bout at the end of the second round to prevent any irreparable damage being inflicted, and therefore a technical knock-out win was awarded to Kharlamov.

Conor can count himself very unlucky, as had the referee and ringside doctor stopped the bout during the second round rather than the coach at the end of the round, Wallace would have been awarded the win on the scored-cards via technical decision. Nevertheless, due to the severity and placement of the gash, Conor’s participation in the quarter finals would have been impossible.

Following this TKOI win for Kharlamov, the Ukrainian stormed to gold, defeating Taiwanese fighter Chin-An Yeh (30-27 x3), Frenchman Bengoro Bamba (29-27 x 2, 28-28) before a win in the final over Russian Artem Garashchuk.

The gash on Conor’s eye required stitches which were removed after four days. The medical care was top class from the on duty medical team throughout the championships.

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Conor Wallace shortly after his bout

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Conor Wallace with gold medallist Valerii Kharlamov (Ukraine)

Gary McKenna (Lightweight, 60Kg)

Gary McKenna opened his competition in a high-tempo duel with Temirian Osmonov of Kyrgyzstan over three, three-minute rounds in the 60Kg lightweight class. The evasive Kyrgyz connected with some slick shots throughout, while Gary constantly took the fight to his opponent and detonated some big punches off both hands throughout and going down the final stretch of a see-saw encounter. The verdict was a 3-0 score line for Osmonov. The judges scored the final round to Gary 2 to 1 but had already awarded his opponent the first two rounds.

Gary, personally had thought he had done enough to win, however the result was not in question. Osmonov fought a very sharp and controlled bout and done what he needed to do to win.

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Gary McKenna with his opponent Temirian Osmonov (Kyrgyzstan)

 

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Gary McKenna in quarter-final action

 

Céire Smith (Flyweight, 51Kg)

Céire Smith began her World Championships against French No. 2 Wassila Lkhadiri in the flyweight 51Kg division in the quarter-finals on the third day of competition. Smith, aiming for a semi-final meeting with Japan’s Sano Kawano and a guaranteed bronze medal, lost to Lkhadiri in the flyweight category over four two-minute rounds. The multiple time Irish Elite champion held her composure in the face of Lkhadiri’s constant aggression in the first two rounds of the bout, finding the target with well-timed combinations, but eventually bowed out on a split decision 2-1.

Céire was disappointed with her performance and felt she could have done better, but despite her best effort the necessary strength and energy just wasn’t there on the day against an opponent she had bested in sparring matches in Ireland’s High Performance Boxing training camps in Dublin.

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Céire Smith with Team Ireland Coach Paddy Gallagher

 

Christina Desmond (Middleweight, 75Kg)

Christina Desmond, on day 2 of the competition, made history after becoming the first ever Irish boxer to win a medal at the World University Boxing Championships. Christina won her quarter-final comprehensively 3-0 against Kazakhstan’s Zura Kussainova to guarantee at least bronze, and secured her first major senior international medal. She had previously won World silver and EU bronze at Youth level. Afterwards Christina declared that she always felt in complete control during the bout and was looking forward to the semi-final.

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Christina Desmond embraces her opponent Zura Kussainova after the quarter-final bout

Christina took on Poland’s Natalia Hollinska in the semi-finals in Chiang Mai but lost out despite a huge performance. Boxing out of a southpaw stance, Desmond immediately found a home for her backhand left and looked physically much larger and stronger in the opener, winning 10-8 on one of the three cards.

Hollinska upped her work-rate in the second and began to pressure Desmond. While the Irishwoman landed some quality shots and showed some good footwork, the Pole was certainly growing into the bout and starting to land more punches.

While Desmond had scored a comprehensive win over Kazakh Zura Kussainova in the quarter finals, Hollinska received a bye straight into the semis, and it showed as Tina seemed to be tiring in the third round. Needing a big fourth and final round, Tina summoned a huge performance to score some with heavy shots, although Hollinska was still the busier boxer and was given the decision following a crucial, and one might even say undeserved, point deduction awarded against Tina for holding.

The final scorecards read 37-37, 37-38, 37-38 to give Hollinska a majority decision win.

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Christina Desmond with eventual silver medallist Natalia Hollinska (Poland) after their bout

However, Christina can be very proud of the fact that she had made history in securing Ireland’s first ever medal at this level, and she had left everything in the ring against an older and more experienced opponent.

Christina was presented with her medal on the final day of competition.

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Christina Desmond raises the tricolour with her first senior international medal around her neck

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Women’s Middleweight (75Kg) medal podium

 

Kenneth Okungbowa (Heavyweight, 91Kg)

Just hours after Christina Desmond secured Ireland’s first ever medal at the World University Championships on day 2 of the competition, Athlone IT heavyweight Kenny Okungbowa had followed it up with another guaranteed bronze medal after a brilliant performance. The Westmeath boxer was not to be denied against the very experienced Tadas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) to book his place in semi-finals and ensure that he would fly home from Chiang Mai with a medal around his neck.

A cut, which would require frequent attention, opened up to the side of Baltic boxer’s left eye in a wild opener, where Okungbowa seemed to land heavier shots on the inside, shaking the Lithuanian once or twice. A quieter second saw Kenny the more aggressive, while Tamasauskas sought to counter punch and had a degree of success.

Both boxers were tired in the third round, but it was Okungbowa who was again the man pressing and looking to come forward, and he solidified his claim for the round in a hell-for-leather final thirty seconds. Neither boxer looked confident of victory after the final bell, but Okungbowa had his hand raised on a split decision to a chorus of cheers from his Irish team-mates in the crowd.

After the bout, Kenny needed medical treatment for two nicks on both eyelids which looked to be as a result of shoulder bumps from Tamasauskas when he was holding at close range. The cuts were described as superficial by the medics, but would require paper stitches.

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Kenneth Okungbowa about to be treated by the medics following his quarter-final victory

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Photo from the Okungbowa vs Tamasauskas bout made the cover of the competition newsletter on day 3

In the semi-final, Kenneth was beaten by France’s Dylan Bregeon in a 91kg slug fest. Neither man had to go looking for each other, with Kenneth twice needing attention from the ringside medic in the first round for wounds to his eyelids sustained in his quarter-final win.

Bregeon’s jab proved to be his most effective weapon, while Okungbowa found the target with the majority of the power shots throughout the three rounds. The 2015 Irish Elite finalist went for broke going down the final stretch, backing his opponent up against the ropes, but Bregeon smothered the attacks and took the victory.

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Mens’ 91Kg Medal podium

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Kenny shows off his first international medal, bronze at the 7th WUC

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Irish tricolour raised for the first at the World University Championships

 

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Dylan Bregeon (France, silver medallist) with Kenneth Okungbowa

Conclusion

The 7th FISU World University Boxing Championships were a great success for the Ireland team as the team took home our first medals at this level, two bronze medals for Christina Desmond and Kenneth Okungbowa. The team can be immensely proud of their performances over the week of competition. On another day, and with other referees and judges on duty, the rewards may have been even better.

The boxers themselves spoke of their gratitude for the opportunity to represent their families, clubs, colleges and country at the highest level of university boxing. The consensus was that Thailand was a wonderful country and hopefully not a once in a lifetime trip.

All the boxers and Coach Paddy Gallagher were adamant that the organisation of the championships was excellent, and that it was the best run international boxing competition they had attended, exceeding AIBA World Championships and EUBC European Championships.

The objective of the IATBA is to build on the success of these championships and deliver even better results at the 8th FISU World University Boxing Championships in Elista, Russia in 2018.

Review by Paul Geoghegan, Team Manager Team Ireland WUC, Chiang Mai Thailand 2016

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Final Standings

Pictures from the championships

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Squad goals

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Dublin airport, prior to departure

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Good Luckin Elephant

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A taste of home….

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Heading for home

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The flagbearer, Opening Ceremony

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Victory is sweet

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A great welcome

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Breakfast of champions

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From Paddy with love

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The Colossus from Kazakhstan

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Szczęśliwy człowiek

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Closing ceremony

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Irish Colleges & Universities Team for 2017 Haringey Box Cup

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The Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing association have selected a team of 12 boxers to represent the Irish College & Universities team at the 2017 Haringey Box Cup in the Great Hall of Alexandra Palace from 16 -18 June. The Haringey Cup is celebrating it’s tenth year in existence, having been established as one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious tournaments for club boxers.

The Irish Colleges & Universities team will comprise 7 male and 5 female student boxers, at both Elite and Developmental level, whom have performed with distinction at domestic and international level over the past season.

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CONOR JENNINGS

CATEGORY: YOUTH B 64KG

CLUB: ST. MONICA’S, DOWN

COLLEGE: SOUTHERN REGIONAL COLLEGE

ACHIEVEMENTS: IRISH NOVICE CHAMPION 64KG 2017, IATBA YOUTH 64KG RUNNER-UP 2017

 

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RIVERS MCCORMACK

CATEGORY: FEMALE A 60KG

CLUB: ST. SAVIOURS OBA, DUBLIN

COLLEGE: DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR 60KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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SHANE FLAVIN

CATEGORY: SENIOR A 56KG

CLUB: PAULSTOWN, KILKENNY

COLLEGE: WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR 56KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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CLODAGH MCCOMISKEY

CATEGORY: FEMALE A 54KG

CLUB: GILFORD, ARMAGH

COLLEGE: SOUTHERN REGIONAL COLLEGE

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR 54KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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SHANE O’BRIEN

CATEGORY: SENIOR B 75KG

CLUB: ST. FRANCIS, LIMERICK

COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR NOVICE 75KG CHAMPION 2017, IRISH NOVICE RUNNER-UP 75KG 2017

 

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IAN KELLEHER

CATEGORY:SENIOR B 60KG

CLUB: TOGHER, CORK

COLLEGE: CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR NOVICE 60KG CHAMPION 2017, IRISH NOVICE RUNNER-UP 60KG 2017

 

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KELLIE MCLOUGHLIN

CATEGORY: FEMALE B 54KG

CLUB: DRIMNAGH, DUBLIN

COLLEGE: INCHICORE COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR 57KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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CHRISTINA DESMOND

CATEGORY: FEMALE A 75KG

CLUB: FR. HORGAN’S, CORK

COLLEGE: LIMERICK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (TIPPERARY)

ACHIEVEMENTS: WORLD UNIVERSITY BRONZE 2016, IRISH ELITE 75KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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RYAN DERVAN

CATEGORY: SENIOR A 75KG

CLUB: LOUGHREA, GALWAY

COLLEGE: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR 81KG RUNNER-UP 2017

 

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GRÁINNE WALSH

CATEGORY: FEMALE A 69KG

CLUB: SPARTICUS, OFFALY

COLLEGE: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IRISH ELITE CHAMPION 2017, IATBA SENIOR 69KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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JOHN MARSHALL

CATEGORY: SENIOR B 75KG

CLUB: DCU, DUBLIN

COLLEGE: DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA INTERMEDIATE 75KG CHAMPION 2017

 

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SHANE CARTER

CATEGORY: SENIOR B 69KG

CLUB: DCU, DUBLIN

COLLEGE: DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

ACHIEVEMENTS: IATBA SENIOR NOVICE CHAMPION 67 KG 2017

 

Coaches: Paddy Gallagher (IATBA), Daniel Sweeney (IATBA), Derek Ahern (DCU), Terry Keegan (DCU)

Team Manager: Paul Geoghegan (IATBA)

 

2017 IATBA Championships Title Winners

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The 2017 Irish Athletic Third-level Championships concluded at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday 11 March. Fifty new Irish Third-level boxing champions were crowned at the home of Irish boxing.

The best performing team was DCU Athletic Boxing Club, emerging with 8 titles (7 in contested weight classes). DCU were followed by IT Carlow Boxing Club with 5 titles (4 in contested weights). Third were UCC Boxing Club with 4 titles (3 in contested weights). Fourth were GMIT Boxing Club with 4 titles (2 in contested weights).

The list of all new IATBA Champions is below.

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IATBA Championships – Preview of Saturday’s Finals

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The 2017 Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association Championships will draw to a close Saturday March 11 with 19 finals scheduled at the home of Irish boxing, The National Stadium, starting at 11 a.m.

The first bout is in the Junior Novice cruiserweight class (86Kg) as Niall McCarthy (UCC) faces Finbarr Maguire (Cork IT). McCarthy, who claimed two All-Ireland hurling medals with Cork and an All-Star award during a storied inter-county career, has in recent times taken up boxing with St Colman’s BC in Cork, and looks to be taking well to the real “toughest trade”. Will CIT’s Maguire deny him another All-Ireland Title in this all-Cork battle?

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Niall McCarthy

Cork IT are also represented by 2017 Irish Novice Championships finalist Ian Kelleher in the Senior Novice lightweight final, where he boxes Eoin Meaney (UL).

There are two all Dublin contests at Junior Novice 64Kg and 67Kg where Aaron McGuigan (ITT Dublin) faces Conor Harte (DCU), and André Mendes (ITT Dublin) faces Jack Matthews (Monkstown/IADT).

In the lone female final at Senior 60Kg, Rivers McCormack, coming off a big confidence boosting win against Irish Senior (formerly intermediate) champion Saidhbh Greene in the semi-final, faces another multi-Irish title winner in Louise Donohue (Geesala/IT Sligo).

Gary McKenna, whom represented the IATBA’s Irish student team at last October’s World University Boxing Championships in Thailand, will meet Jason Kirwan (UL) to determine the champion in the Senior 60Kg division.

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Gary McKenna with his WUC opponent Temirian Osmonov (Kyrgyzstan)

The Senior 64Kg final will be an all Ulster battle as Niall McAlinden (Holy Family GG/Ulster University) goes head to head with Matthew Murnion (St Bronagh’s/Queens).

The 81Kg final is another provincial derby as former Irish Intermediate champion from Galway, Ryan Dervan (NUIG), meets Mayo’s James Daly (GMIT).

In the final bout of the championships, World University Championships bronze medallist Kenneth Okungbowa (Athlone/AIT) will square-off with Cian O’Shaughnessy (Rathkeale/NUIG) at Senior super heavyweight.

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Kenneth Okungbowa

Saturday’s finals promise to be the best days programme in the 8 year history of the IATBA, so everyone should try to get down to the Stadium and support all the student boxers who have put huge effort in all year to win an Irish Intervarsity title. Admission is just €5.

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IATBA Championships Friday Finals

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The finals of the 2017 Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association Championships glove-off at Irish Boxing HQ, the National Stadium, at 7:45 pm on Friday March 10th with seven contests up for decision.

In the Senior Novice class, there can be only one IATBA champion, as Ulster University’s Connor MacLeod faces Shane Carter of DCU ABC in the 67Kg decider. Both boxers looked in fine form in their respective semi-finals so a  close contest can be expected.

DCU are again represented at 71Kg where Solomon Simon takes on David McVicker from Belfast Metropolitan College’s Boxing Academy in a straight final.

At clash of styles will make for an exciting bout at 75Kg Senior Novice where last year’s Junior Novice champion Shane O’Brien (UCC) faces Shane Fitgerald (DCU). O’Brien’s athletic, aggressive go-forward style saw him reach the Irish Novice 75Kg final in January where he just lost out on a split decision. He’ll be hoping to go one better this time against Fitzgerald, whom adopts more counter punching tactics. Potentially fight of the night.

In the lone Youth class final at 64Kg, the 2017 Irish Novice champion Conor Jennings (St. Monica’s Newry/SRC) meets the talented Kenneth Doyle (Sallynoggin CFE) from Dublin’s Monkstown club .

The Intermediate 75Kg final sees UL’s Dean Griffen oppose DCU’s John Marshall, one of the north Dublin University’s 9 IATBA finalists.

IATBA veteran Fionnbarr Thompson (Southside BA/UL) will box Patryk Adamus (Drimnagh/Inchicore CFE) for the Intermediate 60Kg title. Thompson is seeking his third IATBA title since 2013.

The final bout of the night features a DCU boxer once more as Jack Robinson goes against Monkstown’s (via Bantry) Séamus Lyons.

A great night’s boxing is guaranteed so please come do come along and support the boxers. Admission is €5..

Note to competitors: Weigh-in for all boxers from 6:30 – 7:00 pm at the Stadium. Boxers must be clean shaven.

 

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2017 IATBA Championships Finals

There are seven finals scheduled for Friday 10 March. Weigh-in for all boxers from 6.30 – 7 pm. Boxing to begin at 7.45 pm. Boxers must be clean shaven.

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The last session of the 2017 IATBA Championships will start at 11 am at the National stadium. Weigh-in from 9.00 – 10.00 am for all boxers. Boxers must be clean shaven. Best of luck to all the competitors

 

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Irish Third-level Boxing Championships 2017

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The Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association are proud to announce details of the upcoming Irish Boxing Championships for College and University Students at the home of Irish Boxing, the National Stadium.

Venue: National Boxing Stadium, 145 South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Dates: March 4th, 5th ,10th,11th and 12th 2017

Registration & Entry Weigh-in: Saturday March 4th 2017 at 9:30-11:00 am

Novices weigh in on first day and Finals day. Boxers in all other categories weigh-in on day they box from 8:30-9:30 am.

Draw: Takes place shortly after the close of weigh-in on Saturday March 4th 2017

Boxing: Contingent on entries, details to be announced after the competition draw.

Classifications:
Note: The term “Elite” refers to age classification only and is not related to the ability or experience of the Boxer.

Elite: Male and Female Competitors between the ages of 19 – 40 years old in 2017.
Youth: Male and Female Competitors aged 17-18 years old in 2017.

Qualifying Criteria:

1. Competitors must be Elite Boxers, born between January 1st 1977 – December 31 1998, or Youth Boxers, aged 17 – 18 years old in 2017; born between January 1st 1999 – 15 January 2000.
2. Competitors must be fully registered and hold a student card for the institution with which they are internally registered for the current academic year.
3. Competitors must be currently pursuing a course of study that leads to an award ranked at a minimum of Level 6 up to Level 10 on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland’s (QQI) National Framework of Qualifications, or minimum Level 3 up to Level 8 on the Northern Ireland National Qualifications Framework.
4. Competitors must be currently registered members of the IABA, and members of an affiliated Boxing Club of the IABA.

Categories for Elite Male Competitors are:

•  Junior Novice (0-5 bouts and first registered between 03 Mar 2016 – 03 Mar 2017)
•  Senior Novice (0-12 bouts and first registered between 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2016)
•  Intermediate (13-35 bouts)
•  Senior (> 35 bouts)

Note: The Junior Novice Category is intended for Competitors that are in boxing for no more than a year. Competitors that are in boxing between 1 and 3 years, and have less than 13 bouts must compete in the Senior Novice Category regardless of the number of bouts on their record book. This is to ensure that Boxers with more sparring experience do not obtain an unfair advantage over less experienced Boxers. All Novice Competitors must include their date of registration on the Competition Entry Form (this will be checked at registration).


Categories for Elite Female Competitors are:

•  Novice (0-3 bouts and first registered between 01 Jan 2014 – 03 Mar 2017)
•  Intermediate (4-12 bouts)
•  Senior (> 12 bouts)

Youth Category

•  Open class

Weights:

Youth, Elite Intermediate & Elite Senior Categories:
Female 48Kg; 51Kg; 54Kg; 57Kg; 60Kg; 64Kg; 69Kg; 75Kg; 81Kg; >81Kg (10 weights)
Male      49Kg; 52Kg; 56Kg; 60Kg; 64Kg; 69Kg; 75Kg; 81Kg; 91Kg; >91Kg (10 weights)

Novices:
Women  46Kg; 48Kg; 50Kg; 52Kg; 54Kg; 57Kg; 60Kg; 63Kg; 66Kg; 70Kg; 75Kg; 80Kg; 86Kg (13 weights)
Men         48Kg, 51Kg, 54Kg, 57Kg, 60Kg, 64Kg, 67Kg, 71Kg, 75Kg, 81Kg, 86Kg, 91Kg,         >91Kg (13 weights)

Entries:

•  Competitor entry fee is €30
•  Competitors must produce their Boxing Medical Book and their valid Student                         Identification Card for the current academic year.
•  Entries are subject to vetting and it is a condition of entry that all competitors and officials shall have signed the IABA Waiver / Members Acknowledgement Form.

Important – Entries will only be accepted once approved by the third-level institutions’ Sports Officers / Students Services Staff member. Boxers can only compete with the permission of their academic institutions’ sports officer or equivalent.

Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA) Boxing competitions are governed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The Official in Charge of the competition will follow the AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) Competition Rules.
Each Competitor presented by his or her Club shall be fit to box. This is the responsibility of the Club.

Competitors must have one Red and one Blue Vest. Coaches must wear tracksuits and trainers at all sessions, and endeavour to set a high standard of hygiene in the corners. Novice Males and all Females competitors must wear headguards. Competitors with long hair must keep it contained within the headguard with a hair net or bandanna.

Boxers must present themselves clean shaven for weigh-ins and bouts, and advise details of any medication they are taking, or have taken in the preceding 4 weeks. All body piercings must be removed before attending the weigh-in. Hair clips cannot be used.

Gum Shields: Red, Orange or Pink coloured gumshields are forbidden. Any competitor entering the ring with either colour gumshield will not be allowed to box and a walkover to their opponent will be called.

Sportsmanship: All decisions must be accepted in a sporting manner.

Entering the Championships

Entries are made via the online entry form.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 28th Feb 2017.

Payment of Fees Due to Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA)

Third-level institutions entering Competitors for IATBA Championships must pay a membership fee of €100 to the IATBA for the year. Once entries are received from students, the College’s Sport Officers / College Boxing Team Officials will be contacted by IATBA to organise membership payment as soon as possible in order to facilitate the administration of the Championships.

Competitor entry fees are requested to be paid before the closing date, preferably by bank transfer.

Queries regarding these Championships can be sent to iatba2010@gmail.com

DCU Boxing Tournaments

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Dates: Tues. 22 Nov & Thur. 01 Dec 2016

Location: Sports Hall, St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin

Dublin City University Boxing Club will be hosting two boxing tournaments in the Sports Hall, St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra on Tues. 22 Nov and Thur. 01 Dec. The November show will be small with the December one being a bit bigger.

Boxer lists can be sent to Derek Ahern at derek.ahern@dublincity.ie

Include: Boxers’ name, actual weight, No. of bouts, No. of wins, College, Coach’s name, mobile & email.

Showdown in the Barrow 2

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Date: 06 December, 2016

Venue: Barrow Centre, I.T. Carlow

After a very successful show last year, I.T. Carlow Boxing Club will host Showdown in the Barrow 2 at the Barrow Centre I.T. Carlow on 06 Dec, featuring bouts between I.T. Carlow’s best and boxers from other third-level institutions.

Boxing will start at 6.00 pm.

Entry form

Ireland Team for 2016 FISU World University Boxing Championships

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The Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA) are proud to announce the team of 5 student boxers which will represent Ireland at the 7th FISU World University Boxing Championships in Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 03 – 09.

The  team includes Céire Smith (51Kg, Cavan), Christina Desmond (75Kg, Fr. Horgans), Gary McKenna (60Kg, Old School), Conor Wallace (75Kg, St. Monica’s) and Kenneth Okungbowa (91Kg, Athlone).

This is the first time an Irish Team will enter the World University Championships under the aegis of the IATBA, since the association was founded in 2010. The only previous Irish representation was at the first edition of the Championships in Antalya, Turkey in 2004, where the Ireland boxers were Eamon O’Kane and Cathal McMonagle.

The team will be supported by Coach Paddy Gallagher and Team Manager Paul Geoghegan, and will depart for Thailand’s second city on Friday September 30. The Championships glove off on Monday October 3rd.

Boxers 

Céire Smith

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Céire Smith

Club: Cavan

College / University: Dublin City University

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, IATBA title. Represented Ireland at 3 World & 2 European Elite Championships.

Irish-boxing.com interview

Christina Desmond

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Christina Desmond

Club: Fr. Horgan’s, Cork

College / University: Limerick Institute of Technology

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, IATBA title. World youth silver medal, European youth bronze medal and competed in the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 (4th Position).

Irish-boxing.com interview

Gary McKenna

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Gary McKenna, 2016 Haringey Box Cup silver medalist

Club: Old School, Monaghan

College / University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown (graduate of Monaghan Institute)

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, IATBA title. Represented Ireland at 2014 European Union Championships.

Gary represented the IATBA at the 2016 Haringey Box Cup, coming away with a hard earned silver medal, losing out to eventual Haringey Best Boxer 2016,  Gary Cully                     (St. David’s, Naas).

Irish-boxing.com interview

Conor Wallace

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Conor Wallace, with Coach Owen Murphy, after retaining his IATBA 75Kg championship in 2016

Club: St. Monica’s, Newry

College / University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown (graduate of Southern Regional College, Newry)

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, 2 IATBA titles. Won Irish Intermediate title and Elite finalist in 2015/16.

Conor represented the IATBA at the 2016 Haringey Box Cup, winning a silver medal.

Irish-boxing.com interview

Kenneth Okungbowa

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Kenneth Okungbowa, with Coach Rory Parkes, after winning the 2016 Haringey Box Cup 91KG Gold Medal.

Club: Athlone

College / University: Athlone Institute of Technology

Achievements:  IATBA title. Won Irish Intermediate title and twice Irish Elite finalist.

Kenneth represented the IATBA at the 2016 Haringey Box Cup, winning a Gold Medal, and recently won the heavyweight title at the 2016 Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan, Waterford, for his club Athlone BC.

Irish-boxing.com interview

Team Coach: Paddy Gallagher (IATBA)

College / University: Maynooth University alumnus

Team Manager: Paul Geoghegan (IATBA)

College / University: NUI Galway alumnus

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Team Coach Vacancy for 2016 FISU World University Boxing Championships

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Student Sport Ireland, in association with the Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the role of Team Coach to the Ireland Boxing team participating at this October’s World University Boxing Championships.

2016 WUC Team Coach Job Description Boxing

2016 WUC Coach Application Form Boxing

Completed application forms should be sent to Student Sport Ireland Administrator Noel Holohan at noel@studentsportireland.ie

Deadline for applications is Friday 9th September at 12pm.

FISU Boxing World Championships: Ireland Team Manager Vacancy

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Student Sport Ireland, in association with the Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the role of Team Manager to the Boxing team participating at this October’s World University Boxing Championships.

2016 WUC Team Manager Job Description Boxing

2016 WUC Team Manager Application Form Boxing

For further information, please see the “Team Official Vacancies” section on this page: 2016 World University Championships

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday 25th July.

 

 

IATBA Championships 2016 Results

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The IATBA Championships 2016 concluded at the National Boxing Stadium on Saturday March 19 with 49 new Irish Student Champions.

The overall standard of competition was very good, with plenty of evenly matched contests and high skill levels on show. Congratulations to all the winners, their Coaches and Clubs, and commiserations to those boxers who came up short.

The IATBA Committee would like to wish all students who entered the Championships the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

The results of the finals are available here: IATBA_Finals_Result.

Thanks to all the Referees and Judges that officiated at the Championships:

Sean Duffy, Ian McShane, Brian Wallace, Malachy Scott, Mick Gill, Brian Anderson, Jim McCole, Fergal McKenna, James T Fahy, Stephen Molloy, Dominic O’Rourke Sr. and Paul Archbold.

Special mention to Paul Williamson (Curragh BC/Leinster) for his assistance with the entries, draw and running the AIBA Computer Scoring System during these Championships.

 

 

 

IATBA Annual General Meeting

Notice to IATBA member institutions:

The AGM of the Irish Athletic Third-level boxing Association (IATBA) will be held at the National Boxing Stadium, 145 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, on Saturday April 16 th 2016.

All notices of motion should be forwarded to the Hon. Secretary of the IATBA, by email to iatba2010@gmail.com, on or before Saturday April 2nd 2016.

IATBA Colleges & Universities Finals

 

 

 

Joseph Kelly

The finals of the IATBA Championships will be held tomorrow, Saturday 19th March, at the National Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

Weigh-ins are from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for all Boxers. Boxing is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. There will be a €5 entrance fee on the door for spectators.

Pictured is Roy Sheehy (Waterford IT/Paulstown B.C.) and Joseph Kelly (University of Ulster, Magee/St. Canices, Dungiven B.C.)

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