20 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The 2012 National Intermediate Championships, the final National tournament of the year, concluded in Dublin last Friday night. Twenty four titles were claimed at the National Stadium in Dublin that night to bring the curtain down on 2012. The Championships, which attracted a record entry of almost 200 male and female boxers, is the final National tournament of the year. 
In what was to be the first time in twenty years that a Monaghan boxer had achieved such a feat, Kevin McBride being the last in the early nineties. Gary McKenna of Old School ABC Smithboro claimed the 54 kilo Irish Intermediate title to the jubilation of the Monaghan supporters.  On route to the final the young eighteen year old would have to box three times. His quarter final against Scott Hanway of St. Saviours ABC Dublin acted as a good warm-up for the competition which would see him win comfortably. The semi-final posed a stiffer test  boxing against Myles Casey from St. Francis’s ABC Limerick, brother of famous professional boxer “Willie bang bang Casey”. Again this was a bout that would push McKenna to bring out his full boxing potential. Casey proved to be a tough …

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