Marble City Boxing Club has been on fire this week in Dublin for the National Boy/Girl championships at the home of boxing in the National Stadium in Dublin.
Historically this has always been one of the biggest weeks on the boxing calendar and a week the club is accustomed to. They started on Monday with 3 Leinster champions in Breanna Kelly, Adam Delaney, and Sarah Johnson, all first-time debutants in the All Ireland series, and as we approach the weekend, all 3 boxers have excelled at the home of boxing and secured their places in the finals, a remarkable achievement.
Breanna Kelly has set the big stage alight with 2 mature performances well beyond her years. She disposed of the reigning Dublin champion in her quarter-finals stopping her in the first round. She followed this up with a masterclass performance in her semi-final against the reigning Munster champion taking the decision on all 5 judges to progress to Friday night finals. Speaking to Scoreline coach Garry Kehoe looked ahead to the final “We expect a tough fight against the reigning Ulster champion in the final however Breanna is an exceptional talent and has all the attributes and ability to take home the Irish title”
Adam Delaney, the current Boy 2 40kg Leinster champion, has had a season most could only dream of winning 5 consecutive fights in championship boxing. He took to the ring on Wednesday afternoon for his All Ireland semi-final boxing against the current Ulster champion. A battle between two fierce competitors lasted the 3 rounds with both boxers having moments of success throughout the 3 rounds. Adam’s supreme conditioning and heart saw him take control of the contest at crucial periods of each round landing clean scoring punches to ensure a unanimous win and a place in Saturday’s All Ireland Boy 2 final.
Sarah Johnson produced a punch-perfect display of boxing in the All Ireland Semi-Final against a tough girl from Drogheda this evening. Her movement and footwork throughout the 3 rounds were breathtaking to watch, scoring with clean shots and avoiding being hit to take the decision on all 5 judges.
Garry Kehoe was glowing with praise for the young boxer saying “Sarah is a girl who only started competitive boxing in September 2022, she’s been less experienced against the girls she’s fought due to her starting late however it hasn’t hindered her in the slightest, she’s a very determined girl, works as hard as anyone in the club and has shown if you really want it badly enough, it doesn’t matter whether you start late or early in boxing if you have a good attitude and are willing to learn you can make it to the top level”
The club is absolutely thriving at the moment having unbelievable success on the biggest stage in Irish Boxing. The National Youth championships are only around the corner due to start next week in Dublin where the club will be once again represented by 5 more hungry boxers who will be eyeing up National titles.