18 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

On Thursday 3rd of November Dervla Duffy from Doohamlet, Castleblayney left Dublin airport with 9 other Irish boxers and flew out to Sweden where they linked up with 640 international male and female boxers from across Europe, to fight for medals and the Angered Boxing Cup. The tournament took place over three consecutive days of tough boxing, Duffy having to fight each day, Friday she boxed a strong Russian opponent who came forward throwing flurry’s of punches, Duffy was too fast for the Russian and won on a judges score of 3 – 0, the following day Duffy squared up to the Nordic champion, this fight was different, Duffy boxing and moving around making it hard for the Norwegian to land clean shots, Duffy again had her hand raised in victory with another 3 – 0 to earn a place in the final.
Dervla was set to meet a Swedish girl in the final, champion of this cup for the last three years, a huge crowd of supporters gathered for the local Swedish girl on final day, tension in the stadium suggested this was going to be a cracker. The bell rang Duffy drove her opponent back with some great right hand shots as the Sweed serched for a reply. Both girls gave everything for four blistering rounds and when the referee raised the Swedish hand in victory announcing a 2- 1 decision there was heckling and booing from the crowd. Duffy took the silver medal although feeling she had done more than enough to win, she was delighted to get three hard fights, Dervla finds it difficult to find matching opponents at home and was delighted with the experience. At the end of the competition the judges had two more awards to make, best overall female and male boxers in the competition, Dervla Duffy was once again called to the ring, this time to perform a much easier task. Dervla said “I was in complete shock to win the best female boxer award and overcome with delight, I was presented with a beautiful gold cup, all the hard work in training payed off”. Dervla never stops training and she would encourage young girls to get involved in the sport having taken up boxing herself only in the last few years.

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