Hard work pays off for Barry McReynolds with Senior breakthrough


One of the most enjoyable things when covering amateur boxing is seeing decorated underage stars make the breakthrough and enjoy success at Elite level.

There was plenty of that at the Ulster Hall on Saturday night as the Ulster Elite Senior Championships came to a close.

Double European Schoolboys silver medallist Barry McReynolds took the lightweight title in what was his first Senior contest.

The talented Holy Trinity boxer turned in a mature, smart performance well beyond his 18 years to defeat Errigal’s Dominic Bradley on a unanimous decision and take the title.

“It feels amazing,” said McReynolds afterwards.

A noted hard worker, the teenage lightweight left no stone unturned during his preparations.

McReynolds noted how “I was training all over Christmas for two or three months so I’m just glad all my hard work paid off.”

“It’s all down to my coaches, all their hard work on my boxing and my fitness.”

Still only a baby in boxing terms, McReynolds will not be entering the Irish Elite Senior Championships next month.

A more gradual build is on the cards and he explained how “that was my first fight without the headguard so I had to adapt.”

“Hopefully I can push on now.”

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie