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My Time – Young Adam Hession aiming to be the man

Put away any talk of ‘bonus territory’ or ‘good experience’, Adam Hession is coming to win on Saturday night, convinced that now is his time.

The Galway flyweight is just 18 years of age but will fight in the National Elite Senior final this weekend.

Still in school, Hession had to get a few of his Mock exams delayed to enable him to fight and he will be a full eight years younger than Dubliner Evan Metcalfe.

However, Hession enters the fight full of confidence on the back of a winning streak and believes now is his team.

The Monivea teen, the club’s first ever Senior finalist, has won some adult titles recently but it’s a different game now.

Up against fully-fledged ‘men’, the youngster is being tested more than ever but retains his trademark confidence.

“I’m feeling good – I was going to have to fight them at some stage!” he told

“I’m in a good time now in my career. I won the Seniors [Intermediates] in November, the Under-22s in January, I’m in good shape for going to Russia with the Under-22 team – I’m ready for it.”

Hession was speaking in the aftermath of his semi-final win over Drogheda’s Ricky Nesbitt, the reigning Ulster champion who he had faced in an exhibition just last month.

The Connacht pocket rocket dazzled that night in the Ulster Hall and it was a scrappier affair this time round, quite understandably.

The sharpness afforded to him though is crucial and Hession explained how “you could see it as a negative but it was more rounds – and the more rounds the better, for both boxers.”

“He’s going to be going away now with the Ulster team, he had called me for the rounds, they were as good for him as they were for me.”

“The Ulster Elites were a great way of breaking in, I hadn’t much of my own crowd there but the atmosphere was unreal, it was a good ice-breaker for the Elites.”

“It was scrappy tonight, I got sucked into his game a small bit but that was his good work. It was great rounds.”

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Hession certainly has the advantage over Metcalfe in terms of activity but the Crumlin fighter, boxing out of Hyland BA, is a noted puncher coming down from the old bantamweight class.

The committed teen however believes he can take the 52kg spot and offer real competition to injured former champs Brendan Irvine and Conor Quinn as the Tokyo Olympic cycle heats up.

“I watched him box last year and I thought that he was a good boxer,” Hession notes of Metcalfe.

“A boxer that gets to the Elite finals is going to be a good boxer.”

“He’s been around a while but I think now is a good time to take the spot. If any time is a good time and place it’s now.”

“I’m looking forward to fighting in the Elite final. It’s every boxer’s dream to win the Elites – well, the Olympics are every boxer’s dream and to get there you have to win in these.”

“It’s some night of boxing.”


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Joe O'Neill

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