On Saturday night all roads will lead to the Finn Valley when the local boxing club will host their first major tournament of the new season .
With head coach Conor Quigley on duty at the world championships in Kazakhstan the match making will be left in the very capable hands of Conor’s brother Billy and the evergreen Gerald Keavney.
There will be 14 quality contests down for decision and top of te bill will be one of the most eagerly awaited rematches of recent times when Raphoe’s explosive Eoin Kelly faces Finn Valleys granite jawed Gerard O’Brien in a Intermediate middle-weight show down that will be once again a contest not for the faint hearted. When these power punchers met in the final of the Donegal novice championships the Raphoe puncher won with the split points decision. No doubt O’Brien will be all out to reverse that decision on front of his large army of hometown fans.
In the light middleweight division Raphoe’s rugged Danny Duggan will lock horns with Finn Valley’s former Ulster champion and beaten finalists in last week’s Irish army championships in Dublin Eoghan Wright. This contest might not go the scheduled distance, and only a fool would call the outcome of this one. In the light-heavyweight division Finn Valley former Irish champion will come up against Niall Gallagher, Manorhamilton. Owen McGarrell a beaten finalist in this year’s national schoolboy championship is paired with the ever improving Jamie Pearson St. Johns Bosco’s.
Conor Mc Gurk will have his hands full as he squares up to Buncrana’s Stephen Stokes who has one all his four contests this year. In what should be a cracking contest Leon Gallagher from Finn Valley a European Bronze medallist in Dublin this year is paired with National Champion Jordan Myres, Innisfree, Co. Sligo.
Finn Valleys former national champion Orin Mc Dermott will have to be red-hot on the night as he faces Co. Sligos most talked about lightweight kingpin James Lynch, Ballinacarrkw B.C. and James O’Brien, Finn Valley won’t have it all his own way as he takes on Manorhamilton’s ever improving Martin Feeney.
here will be 14 contests down for decision and as a big crowd is expected patrons are advised to be in their seats early. Donegal Open
On Sunday 3rd November the Donegal Open championships will take place in the Buncrana youth club and these championships are open to all boxers male+ female from Donegal, Derry, Tyrone, Sligo and Leitrim. If last year’s championships which were staged in Letterkenny are anything to go by then once again these championships should be a great success.
Last year 162 boxers, 148 male and 14 female entered these championships that served up some great boxing with 39 contests on the day and 22 finals in the Twin Towns boxing club during the week. The weigh-in will take place from 9:30-11am the draw at 12 noon and boxing will commence at 1pm and continue at the same venue during the week if required.
On Saturday 9th November the Donegal boxing team will travel to Claremorris were they will face a highly-rated Co. Mayo team in the Dalton Inn Hotel.
The 12 man Donegal Panel is being matched up by county coach John Elliot and his Mayo counterpart Joe Charles and this promises to have the makings of a great nights boxing as four National, five Ulster andsix Connacht are already matched up.
More details of the tournament will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.