18 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Stephen Mckenna produced the goods for Old school boxing club to win the Irish Elite title in the 49kg class at the National boxing stadium, Dublin last Friday night. It was Mckenna’s finest hour as he follows the same pathway as Kevin Mcbride who won the Elite title way back in 1992 and before that the Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan in 1979.

On the finals night Mckenna who is only 18 years of age faced of against Regan Buckley from St. Teresa’s Co. Dublin. In a action packed contest over 3 x 3 minute rounds Mckenna was only really troubled in the very first round as he allowed his opponent to get close to him which suited Buckley as he was the much smaller man. In rounds 2 & 3 Mckenna got the range right and cruised to a comfortable finish winning convincingly to be awarded the Irish Elite title.

Mckenna will now have a opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in a major international that will be held later in April next year. If he is successful in this he will then have to compete against Paddy Barnes to determine who Ireland will send to the Olympics that are being held in Rio 2016. Stephen will now be in full time training at the High performance gym in Dublin where he will train with the Elites and be prepared for a series of major competitions throughout 2016.

The Old school boxing club committee would like to congratulate Stephen on his fine performance on winning the Irish Elite title and creating history for the club.


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