Another high-five for Jobstown
THE NATIONAL titles continued to roll in for Jobstown Boxing Club as a further five members went all the way in their respective divisions, bringing to nine, the total of All-Ireland honours the club has landed since December.
Ava McCabe earned her first Irish title after she beat Katie Goodman of St Francis, Limerick in the Girl Four 43kg decider.
The Tallaght competitor had been denied the chance to contest the last All-Irelands to be staged back in 2020 after she broke her arm playing football the very day before the weigh-in.
“Ava was very hungry for it after missing out two years ago and she told me she was going to win” said Jobstown BC coach, Amanda Spencer.
Successfully negotiating the challenge of Golden Star’s tough south paw Louise Freeman in the semi final, McCabe continued on to weather a different more aggressive test from Goodman in the title bout.
Siena Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, scooped the Girl Four 53kg title after she beat Chelsea Coiley of Clonard on a split decision.
Despite a somewhat tentative performance in the penultimate rounds, she managed to get the job done and set up a clash with the tall and rangy Coiley.
Forced to work on the inside throughout that bout, Fitzpatrick won most of the exchanges to earn the decision and bag the second national title of her young career.
Tiffany Spencer surmounted the challenge of two-time national champion, Sophie Curly Gray of Delgan BC to secure the Girl Five 46kg prize.
Losing the opening round by a point, she fought back with the aid of some heavy back hands, giving her opponent a standing count in the third round and earning a unanimous decision in what is only her first year in competitive boxing.
Stacey O’Connor chalked up her fourth national title when she beat Lisburn’s Mia Walsh in the Girl Five 43kg decider.
A combination of some strong body shots and clean jabs also saw her force her opponent to take a standing count in the third before she continued on to earn the decision of all the judges.
Adam Olaniyan took the Junior One 104kg title by way of walkover while Cillian Reilly was edged out on a 3-2 split in his quarter final against Ryan Connolly of Setanta BC.