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Breakthrough for Breslin – Zara speechless following first Irish title win

Zara Breslin has had her fair share of defeats in all-Irish finals and semi finals.

The Tramore featherweight kept at it, however, and on Friday night won her first Irish title.

Breslin claimed the Irish U18 title at the National Stadium with Geesala’s Aoibhe Ginty retired at the end of their opening round.

Following a breakthrough win, the Waterford talent was almost in a state of shock.

“That’s my first Irish title,” she told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards.

“I’ve been boxing since I was 11 years of age, I’ve been up here every year since and been so close every time.

“It’s brilliant, I’ve no words to describe how I feel.”

Ginty had won the U18 Open in January at lightweight – while Breslin was defeated on a split by eventual featherweight champ and European silver medallist Dearbhla Rooney.

On Friday the Mayo boxer pulled out with an injury at the end of the opening round and Breslin noted how “I felt comfortable, I was winning the first round.”

“I thought it would have lasted the three rounds but it only lasted the one, it’s a brilliant feeling.”

The fighter, who will enter the adult ranks next year, will not take too long to dwell on the first title win and plans to be back in the gym soon chasing more medals and trophies.

Breslin outlined how “I’ll take a week off and then I’ll go straight back training, I’ll be training for the Esker Box Cup and a few more cups after that.”

Photo Credit: National Stadium Boxing Videos


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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