On the DOUBLE – six fighters won two National Elite title’s in 2019

By Bernard O’Neill

Six boxers – Amy Broadhurst, Aoife O’Rourke, Nell Fox, Michaela Walsh, Christina Desmond and Ken Okungbowa – claimed two titles each at the Liffey Crane Hire National Elites in 2019.

The Best Male and Female Boxer Awards went to Tyrone, Wicklow, Cork and Galway, courtesy of Jude Gallagher, Daina Moorehouse, Christina Desmond and Gabriel Dossen last February and last weekend.

Teenage standouts Moorehouse and Gallagher, aged 18 and 19, were presented with their awards last Friday after winning their first Elite gold medals.

“Title number nine, I couldn’t be prouder of myself,” said Moorehouse.

Gallagher had his hand raised in victory after a classic flyweight final with Regan Buckley who claimed the light-fly crown in February.

“It’s the biggest win yet, especially in my first year as an elite boxer,” he told the Irish News.

“It was a tough weight division against three tough lads, beat them all convincingly, so I’m chuffed with that, chuffed with the performances throughout the tournament.”

Meanwhile, at the start of the year, Michaela Walsh had seven titles – now she has nine.

Her brother Aidan also had his hand raised in victory last Friday night in a historic double for the Walsh family and Irish boxing.

“I wanted to make history, there’s no stopping us,” said the nine-time champion Michaela.

2019 Liffey Crane National Elite Championships National Stadium Dublin (November)

Champions

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) W/O
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) W/O
81+kg Naoise Finney (Ballybrack) W/O
49kg Sean Mari (Monkstown D)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
81kg Nell Fox (Rathkeale)
60kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
75kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale)
81kg Emmett Brennan (Docklands)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown A)
51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)
52kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
57kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown Antrim)
69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
63kg George Bates (St Mary’s Dublin)
91+kg Kenneth Okungbowa (Athlone)
54kg Sarah Haghighat (St Brigids, Edenderry)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

Best Male Boxer: Jude Gallagher
Best Female Boxer: Daina Moorehouse

2019 Liffey Crane National Elite Championships National Stadium Dublin (February)

Champions

48kg Chloe Fleck (Canal)
49kg Regan Buckley (St Teresas)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim)
57kg Patryk Adamus (Drimnagh)
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic Galway)
80kg Leona Houlihan (Crumlin)
91kg Kenneth Okungbowa Athlone)
51kg Carly McNaul (Holy Family Golden Gloves)
63kg James McGivern (St Georges)
69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
81kg Thomas O’Toole (Celtic Eagles)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
54kg Emma Flannery (Baldoyle) W/O
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s) W/O
80+kg Nell Fox (Rathkeale) W/O

Best Female Boxer: Christina Desmond
Best Male Boxer: Gabriel Dossen

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