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.