The National Stadium was lit up on Saturday afternoon in the first under 18 final of the day.
St Michael’s Athy fighter Terry Donoghue put on a stunning performance to claim his TENTH Irish title, unanimously outpointing Liam Glennon of St Joseph’s Derry to win the light flyweight crown and, most likely, a spot on the plane to the European Youths in Turkey this December..
The 2016 European Junior silver medalist, in his first year as an under 18 fighter, was very impressive against a high-quality foe, with his use of the uppercut inside being particularly eye-catching.
The win came just one month following Donoghue’s Junior 2 title win at 50kg. Highly rated by Athy’s 2010 European bronze medalist and current pro Eric Donovan, the youngster is certainly one to watch
Younger brother of Willie, winner of World Junior gold and European Youth bronze, Donoghue gave perhaps the performance of the day, however the Kildare fighter was typically unassuming following the win.
Donoghue told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards that “it was a close fight, a tough fight, and I fought well.”
“He was a bit taller so I kept it tight, the uppercut was working every time I threw it.”
“Hopefully Europeans in September, hopefully I go one better.”
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