1 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The National Stadium was packed to capacity on Friday night 22nd February for the biggest card of Amateur boxers in Irish boxing history. World and Olympic medallists Katie Taylor, Kenny Egan, Michael Conlon and Joe Ward topped the bill but Duffy felt at ease among such great, knowing the hard work in training since last year would deliver results. Having beaten Silver European medalist Christine Gargan from Belfast in the semi final following four good rounds of boxing and finishing 16 points to 6, Dervla was quietly confident. Coach Paddy Hughes of Ryston Boxing Club worked on tactics, studied videos and devised a strategy to beat Michelle Lynch of Mayo the reigning champion. Dervla entered the ring ready for action to a rapturous welcome from a buzzing crowd following a devastating display by Joe Ward, a Masterclass from Katie Tyalor and a ferocious contest between Adam Nolan and Willie Mc Loughlin exploding in the final round. Local Monaghan support made their voice heard among …

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