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Practice makes Perfect for Unbeaten KO King Gytis Lisinskas

Gytis Lisinskas closed the show in style on Friday night but his knockout win in the National Under-22 super heavyweight final was not down to brute force.

The Celtic Eagles youngster flattened Crumlin’s Luke Hill in the opening round of their +91kg decider but the finish had been worked on for some time.

Right hand to the body, left hook upstairs,

Right hand to the body, left hook upstairs,

Right hand to the body, left hook upstairs,

A video posted by his club showed the preparations Lisinskas and coach Pawel Popko have put in, the repetition, and it paid off in sensational fashion at the National Stadium.

Afterwards the Galway big man explained to that “the combination, we’d worked all week on it. That was the plan. I went into the fight with an empty head, just a few combinations and to make sure to pop the jab and pop the right hand.”

“It all worked in the end as we planned.”

“The combination, right hand to the body, left hook to the head, that was the finisher. You’re not a super heavyweight if you don’t have the power!”

It was the latest big win for the 20-year-old who only fully committed to boxing last September.

Since then the Lithuanian has won the Celtic Box Cup, the Connachts, the Intermediates, and now the Under-22s – and the unbeaten Lisinskas doesn’t plan on stopping

He outlined how “I’m very happy with the win and it’s on to the [under-22] Europeans in Russia and to make an announcement at the Elites.”

“Since September I’ve been working with my coach in Galway, we’re training and winning everything – 5-0, 3-2, knockout, stoppage – my record is clean.”

“Everyone I fight will have more experience than me, international experience, but I have talent, hard work, and dedication.”


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Joe O'Neill

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