Donegal boxers do well in Philadelphia

Donegal boxers won four bouts in a North West selection’s draw with a Philadelphia selection in the early hours of Saturday morning in Philadelphia.

The Donegal winners were Oisin Wallace, Dungloe; Dennis Lafferty and Orin McDermott, Raphoe, and Bryan McNamee, Convoy, in the 9-9 draw.

Danny McHugh, Tiarnan Mayse, both Two Castles; John Conlon, Carrickmore and Tiofilo were other North West winners, in the Clarion Hotel, Essington in Philadelphia. Wallace won on a unanimous decision against Conor Cook at 50kgs. Lafferty won on a majority verdict over Ryshine Collins while his Raphoe clubmate Orin McDermott proved too hot to handle for Dante Cobb. The former two time Irish champion won on a unanimous decision.

Bryan McNamee completed the Donegal winners with an impressive unanimous win over Anthony Damirez.

There were heartbreaking majority defeats for Donegal boxers, Ciara Craig, Dunfanaghy; Matthew McCole, Dungloe and Sean Kelly, Dunfanaghy.

The other Donegal boxers to suffer defeat on the night were Jade Gallagher, Odhran McGinley and Odhran MacRuairi.

The North West Selection, made up of boxers from Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Monaghan, flew out from Dublin on Wednesday and are due home again on Tuesday.

The squad was accompanied by coaches Eddie Harkin (Dunfanaghy), Joe Harkin (Dunfanaghy), Dominic McCafferty (Convoy), Gerard Keaveney (Raphoe) and Jim McCole (Dungloe), as well as Dunfanaghy referee/judge Michael McDermott and the Donegal Boxing Board President Peter O’Donnell.

The tournament was organised by Dan Mullarkey of the ‘Must Box Gym’ in Philadelphia.

Former Dunfanaghy BC coach, Brendan Ward, who resides in the US was also one of the tournament organisers.