TWO Mayo boxers, John Waldron (Castlebar BC) and Michael Mullaney (Claremorris BC) flew the red and green flag in the National Senior Heavyweight Championship quarter-finals last weekend and the pair met with different medical results.
John Waldron was the first of the Mayo boxers into the National Stadium ring for his contest with John Sweeney (Dunglow, Co Donegal). Sweeney, the recent intermediate national champion, was unable to contend with Waldron’s all attacking style in round one of their four-round contest.
The Castlebar boxer had a slight lead when the referee requested the advice of the ringside doctor on a facial bruise that had developed under Waldron’s left eye. With the lady doctor’s all clear, the contest continued but the stoppage and the injury upset Waldron’s focus and Sweeney was on top after four great rounds.
Michael Mullaney was next into the ring for a hard hitting contest with Martin Stokes (Drimnagh BC, Dublin). After an even early round, Stokes had a cut near the eyebrow in the second round, prompting the doctor to advise the referee to call a halt to the contest and Mullaney was declared the winner. Mullaney will meet Sweeney in the semi-finals on Friday night.
There is a lot at stake for Irish amateur boxers at this year’s National Championships. The champions of this year’s group will represent Ireland in the European Union Championships in Dublin this June and again at the World Championships ,which will decide the qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
MEANWHILE, a Mayo Schoolboys selection took on a Dublin Selection at the National Stadium on Sunday last.
The match ended in a draw at eight bouts each. The following Mayo boxers took part with their club in brackets: B McDonagh (St Anne’s), J McDonagh (St Annes), M Conroy (Kilmaine), B Sweeney (Kiltimagh), C Kennedy (St Anne’s), D McCarthy (Kilmaine), Ryan Peake (Kiltimagh), P Corcoran (St Anne’s), T Conroy (Kilmaine), D Warde (All Stars), C Geraghty (St Anne’s), B Mullen ( St Anne’s), O McDonagh (St Anne’s), T Sadik (St Anne’s), A Shally (Kiltimagh), PJ Byrne (Claremorris).