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Dossen is National U18 Champion

Gabriel Dossen with IABA President Pat Ryan and Irish coach Billy McClean after Saturday’s win
Gabriel Dossen and Mike Mongan at National Stadium

Olympic BC head coach Mike Mongan has hailed the performance of Gabriel Dossen at the U/18 Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium. Dossen beat three top class opponents to finish on top of the light-welter podium at the home of Irish boxing. The Irish Athletic Boxing Association are using the tournament as part of their selection process for November’s World Youth Championships in St Petersburg, Russia. All finals were decided at the U/18 Championships on Friday and Saturday, with ex European Youth champion Michael Nevin and current AIBA World Junior silver medallists Eamer Coughlan and Paddy Donovan having their hands traised in triumph along with the new generation of Irish boxing. Mongan was thrilled to see their light-welter go all the way at the South Circular Road venue. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted and over the moon for him. That’s his second Irish  title, he won the Youth (2) 63kg title this year and he won Gold in Haringey  as well. “He reached five finals previous with two different clubs and on his 6th  attempt he won his first one this year. He came to the Olympic BC a year ago  last March so the leaps and bounds he came on is unbelievable. He was very much considered an underdog going into the U18’s but I knew  what he was capable of doing. He beat Brian McNamee of the Convoy BC Donegal in the  quarter final last weekend, McNamee is a multiple Irish champion. “This weekend (looking at the draw) was always going to be the biggest. We  had to come up with two different  game plans for two different boxers. “Beating the former European Junior Champion Jason Harty was always going to  be a big ask but when he did we knew he was capable to go all the way. He  took huge confidence from that bout into the final and pulled off an upset  to win the weight and also to ensure his place in the World Youth  Championships. “Unofficially, it was said by most he was the boxer of the tournament.” Dossen admitted it was a tough tournament against Ireland’s top young prospects. He said: “First of all I’d like to thank Mike Mongan, all my other coaches that influenced me all the way, friends and family for the continuous support. “Honestly, it’s a dream come true for me to get a chance to represent my country in the world championships. I beat a very tough and worthy opponent, Aaron McKenna, on a unanimous decision. “I was the underdog going into these championships. Still need to keep the head down and train for the Worlds coming up. Without God nothing is possible.”


Myres is European Champion

Jason Myers struck gold at the European Schoolboy Championships in Zagreb,Croatia today. In the 68Kg division final the Titans clubman beat the Russian Dmitry Babich on a 3-0 decision. Jason had three wins under his belt to stand on top of the podium as European champion, in the quarter final he overcame Valentin Laurentiu (Romania) 3-0 while the semi-final was a tighter affair against Ryan Dicken (England) winning on a split decision of the judges.

Galway's other representative Thomas Donovan Olympic was edged out on a split decision by Ignas Liaudanskis of Lithuania in the 40Kg division, congratulations to both boys on competing at the highest level and well done to club coaches Jim Sweeney, Michael Mongan and all involved in both clubs, it is all the good work done in the club that brought them here.


European Schoolboy Championships

Two Galway boxers flew out this morning with the Team Ireland squad for the European Schoolboy Championships in Zagreb Croatia beginning Sunday 24th July.

Tommy Donovan Olympic BC will represent Ireland at 40kg and Jason Myers Titans ABC will box at 70kg. Best of luck to both boys.


Galway A.G.M.

The annual general meeting of the Galway Co. Board takes place in the Westside Gym on Tuesday 12th July starting at 9pm, all clubs are asked to attend, affiliation fees for next year will be set at this meeting so bring along your completed club affiliation papers and cheque/money for for fees, each delegate should have their club report ready also.

All-Ireland Boy4 Youth1 & 2

     The finals of the Youth 1 & 2 concluded at the National Stadium, Dublin this weekend with a double for the Olympic club. In the final of the Youth 1 60Kg division Mikey Boy Delaney added to his tally of national titles with a unanimous decision over Jordan Taylor Oliver Plunketts. If you don't succeed at first then try and try again is a motto that all young boxers should adopt, Gabriel Dossen is proof that if you believe and keep working and learning, you can achieve your dream. After losing out at the final hurdle on many occasions Gabriel finally got his All-Ireland title, in a rematch of the Connacht final of the Youth 2 63Kg division, he overcame Aaron Gethins (Ballinacarrow) on 3 - 0 decision. Olympic came close to a hat trick of titles when Edward Barrett lost on a split decision to Joseph Nevin (Kilcullen) in the final of the Youth 2 54Kg division. The finals of the Boy 4 are up for decision next weekend with Edward McDonagh (Lumpini) contesting the 91+Kg final when he takes on Francis Morgan (Edenmore).


All-Ireland Boy Championships

Galway clubs had one of the must successful championships ever at the national B1 B2 B3 championships held in the national stadium Dublin with fifteen boxers contesting finals. In the first time in many years Titans finished as the top club in Galway finishing ahead of city rivals Olympic, the results of finals are:
Boy 1 27kg Paddy Cleary (Olympic) beat John Donohue (St Michael's Athy) 3-0, Boy 1 42kg James Donovan (O.L.O.L.) beat Lee Corcoran (Olympic) 3-0, Boy 1 44kg Wayne Joyce (Phibsboro) beat Thomas McDonagh (Titans) 3-0, Boy 1 46kg Jarlath McDonagh (Lumpini) beat Nikita Bonoverev (St Michaels Athy) 2-1, Boy 1 70kg Patrick Sweeney (Titans) beat Charlie Kearney (Sacre Ceour) 3-0, Boy 1 91kg Coelman Barrett (Titans) W/O,
Boy 2 33kg Michael Maughan (Olympic) beat Dylan Browne-McMonagle (Letterkenny) 3-0, Boy 2 42kg Patrick Sweeney (Titans) beat Caolan Fennell (St Agnes) TKO1, Boy 2 46kg James Whelan (Docklands) beat Brian Barrett (Titans) 3-0, Boy 2 75kg Edward Barrett (Titans) beat Ben O’Connell (St Johns U) 3-0, Boy 3 39kg Jamie Lee (Douglas) beat  Patrick Folan (Connemara) 3-0, Boy 3 57kg Patrick Joyce (Phibsboro) beat 57kg John McDonagh (Lumpini) 3-0, Boy 3 70kg Jason Myers (Titans) beat Michael McDonagh (3 Bridges) 2-1, Boy 3 75kg Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle) beat Martin McDonagh (Olympic) 3-0, Boy 3 80kg John Sweeney (Ennis) beat James Sweeney (Titans) 3-0

First champion: Paddy Cleary Olympic


Five  Monivea boxers took part in the Connacht  Championships in Castlerea at the weekend.Girl 2. 42kg Aaliyah Butler had a decisive win against Katie Moran (Ballinamore BC Leitrim) forcing the referee to stop the contest on a TKO in the first round after Moran received two standing counts. Boy 4. 46kg Ciaran White boxed Shea Pye (KFC BC Mayo) After a slow first round Ciaran gave it everything in the second and third round. This very close contest ended with Pye receiving the nod from all three judges. Youth 1. 39kg Adam Hession beat his opponent Patrick Hopkins (Ardnaree BC Mayo). Using teasing left jabs and solid right crosses Adam kept the pressure on Hopkins for all three rounds using the ring well and working Hopkins into the corners with body and head punches. After an exciting contest the judges gave Adam all three rounds. Well done to all our boxers and the best of luck to Adam and Warren in the National Championships in Dublin April 15th_17th and 22nd-23rd and Aaliyah and Nicole May 13th_15th and 20th-23rd

Picture L/R  Coachs PJ Fallon, Hugh McTigue, Nicole Butler,Ciaran White, Adam Hession, Coach Gus Farrell, Aaliyah Butler, Warren Bedford, coaches Danny Butler, Brian Hession. 



Galway Sports Star Award

Well done to James Cleary on winning the Galway Sports Star Award for 2015, another great honour for the much decorated Olympic club man. James had another great year in 2015 winning the 64Kg division at the National Intermediate championships. In the national elite championships, James progressed to the semi-finals after a top class display against the much fancied Keith Flavin Paulstown. In the semi-final he met the reigning elite champion Dean Walsh from Wexford. After three pulsating rounds of boxing James lost on a dubious split decision to Walsh, a decision that most observers in the Stadium disagreed with. James is a boxer with a bright future ahead of him and a deserving winner of the Galway sports star award for 2015

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