Jordan’s Joy – Wexford teen in dreamland following Elite Senior title win

Just over a year ago Connor Jordan stormed out of the ring at the National Stadium and straight down the tunnel in a ball of rage.

The Wexford teenager had just been edged out in the semi-finals of the Elite Senior Championships by eventual winner Blaine Dobbins.

One year on and it was the polar opposite in terms of emotion, with Jordan leaping across the ring having been announced as Ireland’s new light flyweight champion.

The most passionate reaction to any result on Saturday night, Jordan and his large following up from Ferns were in ecstatic.

“I always let my emotions get the better of me,” Jordan told afterward, “I can’t help it, that’s how much it meant to me.”

“I’ve had so many sleepless nights, it’s unreal. I couldn’t sleep all last night thinking about it.”

“It’s a dream come true. I made history tonight, the first man from my club to win an all-Ireland”

“I can’t put it into words how I feel.”

Jordan defeated Ricky Nesbitt in the decider, using his range well to keep the aggresive Carrickmacross boxer at bay.

The 19-year-old described how “he was awkward, he was coming in with the big left hook.”

“It was hard to beat him. I’d never boxed a guy like that before, he always just had his head down, throwing shots.”

“I had to stay back and keep my distance, he was good. Fair play to him, he’s been out of the sport the past year or two so good to see him stay at it.”

Jordan was congratulated as he left the ring by a former Wexford boxing star in Adam Nolan, and the St Aidan’s youngster now wants to build on his title win and start representing the country himself.

“There’s a team heading over to America next week and I hope to God I’m on that plane,” he stated.

“I’m going to kickstart my career from here.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish – (@ThefIrish)


Joe O'Neill

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