Returning Ciara Ginty – “I’m just getting back into it”

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Ciara Ginty made a triumphant return to the ring on Friday night.

The World Junior gold and Olympic Youth silver medalist had taken an extended hiatus from boxing to focus on her schooling, but returned to claim the National Senior (Intermediate) light welterweight title.

Ginty faced Nicole Moorehouse of Clonard BC in Wexford and took a comfortable unanimous decision win off the jab over four rounds in her first bout in a year and a half.

Afterwards the Geesala boxer fighter spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and admitted that “I started off a bit rusty because I haven’t been in the ring for a while. I knew I needed to keep it long because she was a smaller boxer – and she came in a few times and I felt like I was under pressure – but I felt I controlled the fight, most of the time anyway.”

The Connacht fighter explained how examainations, rightly, took precedence over boxing the past eighteen months, but revealed that “I was always training, but I had my Leaving Cert and a few other things came up, but I was still training, I just wasn’t entering many competitions.”

Ginty also hinted at a move back down to wide-open lightweight division, where she had so much underage glory, and described how “I’m just getting back into it, so I went in at 64kg at this tornament, and I’ll make up my mind over the next few weeks.”

“It’s the under-22s in January then the Elites in February so hopefully I’ll be going to both of them.”

Ginty’s club coach, Pat McDonagh, also hailed her display, outlining how “Ciara performed very well, she kept it long and rangy and we’re absolutely delighted with the win. Nicole also performed well tonight and it was a great final.”

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