16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Smithboro ace Stephen McKenna produced his best performance to date with a fine win over Frankie Cleary of Olympic ABC from Galway. Cleary was hoping to add his forth Irish title in a row and was the big favourite to take home the Gold in an eagerly awaited final. In the lead up to the final the young Smithboro boxer had being showing a tremendous run of form with big wins against Connor Hyland of Immaculata ABC Belfast and beating Connor Dempsey of Ryston ABC convincingly in the semi-finals.
On the day of the final McKenna and Cleary were both in great form and produced one of the most exciting finals seen for a long time in the fourteen year old category. Both boxers were not prepared to take a step back knowing that to do so would result only in a silver medal, there was too much at stake who ever would take home the gold were going to have to box out of there skin. By the end of the first round McKenna was 4-3 down with some very explosive exchanges from the two boxers. With round two the fight went into a new level, one which the Galway boxer couldn’t match. McKenna threw every punch and combination in the book with a lot of success coming from his body punching. By the end of the second round he had turned the fight around and was now leading 9-6. At the start of the third round

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