‘I want to be world champion’

Just hours after bringing his maiden National Boxing Championship title home to Enniskillen, Rhys Owens’ family and friends called around to his house in Braeside Park to congratulate the Irish champion but midway through the celebrations the Erne boxer called it a day and headed for bed. Irish champion or not, the same routine must […]

Owens wins national title

DESPITE facing many different challenges and obstacles this season, Rhys Owens defied the odds on Saturday to win the Irish Under-22 National Lightweight Championship at the National Stadium in Dublin. Sean Crowley, Erne Boxing Club head coach, was delighted with the success of the club’s ‘leading role model’. “Myself, Greg [Copeland], Dessie [Kennedy], PJ [Friel] and Paul [Cassidy], […]

National final awaits for talented Owens

Rhys Owens from the Erne Boxing Club is just three rounds away from winning his maiden national title. The talented Enniskillen boxer booked his place in the National Under 22 Championships 60kg final with a 3-2 split decision victory over the highly talented James Nevin, who had contentiously defeated Owens last month. Nevin started the bout […]

Owens bids to make a national final this weekend

THE Erne Boxing Club were back in action last weekend in pursuit of national honours with Cameron Suttle and Rhys Owens both competing in the National Under 22s championships at the National Stadium in Dublin. RHYS Owens had two emphatic wins over top quality opponents at the National Under 22s Championships in Dublin last weekend to book his […]

Malanaphy wins Ulster Senior title

The Erne Boxing Club had an extremely busy week with boxers competing at the Ulster Senior and Ulster Novice Championships in Belfast last week, as well as, nine in action at their first home tournament of the season in Enniskillen last Saturday evening. The highlight of the week was three excellent performances in three consecutive […]

Katie Rasdale a future star of the ring

The Erne Boxing Club continued their impressive start to the season with latest prodigy, Katie Rasdale, picking up her first Ulster Championship title. Katie won the Girl 1 Under 12s 68kg class division in Omagh and she will now go on to represent the Erne Boxing Club at the National Championship Finals in Dublin, at […]

Owens lands historic Ulster Lightweight title

ENNISKILLEN boxer Rhys Owens made history for the Erne Boxing Club on Saturday night. The Fermanagh boxer defeated Lee McKee on points in the final of the Ulster Senior Lightweight Championship in Belfast, to win the first ever Ulster Championship title for the Erne Boxing Club. Owens, fresh off the back of victory in Denmark […]

Erne Boxing Club fundraising for new premises

Over the past two years the Erne Boxing Club have faced some of their biggest challenges since their establishment thirteen years ago.   With Covid-19 rules and regulations preventing the boxers from competing or taking part in collective training, the athletes found themselves at a loose end. While planning how they could keep engaged and […]

Two golds and a silver for Erne boxers

The Erne Boxing Club had another hectic weekend of boxing with a quartet of boxers in action, including three at the Mid-Ulster Novice Championships in Banbridge and one competing for the Tyrone and Fermanagh county team against the Ireland squad in Dublin.
The three entrants into the Mid Ulster Novice Championships all returned with medals, Dylan McMahon claimed the Boy 3 (Under 14s) 42kgs title and Nikodim McKiernan claimed the Boy 2 (Under 13s) 75kgs title but a split-decision points defeat resulted in Pearse Mulligan having to settle for silver in the Boy 3 (Under 14s) 39kgs class.
Mulligan fought very gamely against Elmantas Zelepugas (Virginia BC) and bored into his smart boxing opponent at every opportunity. The first two rounds were extremely close with Mulligan’s aggression evenly matched by Zelepugas’s cleaner work.
The Virginia boxer got the better of the final session as Mulligan tired to collect the points victory by a majority decision.
Star performer of the day was Nikodim McKiernan who, after claiming the Mid Ulster 75kgs title by walkover, was pitted against the Malachy Duffy (Virginia BC), the 80+ kgs title holder in a special contest. McKiernan making his ring debut showed no signs of nerves and tore into his much heavier opponent.
Duffy showed a good technique but struggled to contain the Erne boxer and was heavily rocked by a solid right-cross towards the end of the opener.
In the second session a barrage of punches from McKiernan ended matters. After shaking his opponent with a jab-cross combination the contest was halted Duffy was retired.
Meanwhile at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, rising prospect Ryan Copeland was representing the Tyrone and Fermanagh select against the National Schoolboy and Youth Squad in a test match.
Copeland was up against Ireland Representative Jacob Florzak (St David Naas BC) in a 60kgs match-up. Florzak boxing out of the southpaw stance posed Copeland a few problems early on but as the bout progress the Erne favourite landed with the cleaner shots and coupled with his greater work-rate took charge of the first two sessions.
The final round was very close but Florzak scored with some good backhand left leads to just nick the round. Tyrone coaches were confident that had the contest gone to the scorecards Copeland would have won the decision.
Erne Boxing Club coach Sean Crowley said, “Despite two of our boxers missing out of the Mid-Ulster Novice championships due to illness, two golds and one silver was a great return. Most satisfying was the performance of Nikodim McKiernan, he’d only started with us back in November and we felt this tournament may have come a bit too soon but judging by the way he applied himself we’ve definitely unveiled a future Irish champion.”
Erne Boxing Club complete their busy January with a team trip to London where they will be taking on a South-West London Divisional Select.
The club’s more experienced boxers Colm McElhill and Aaron Burns will be joined by top prospects Dylan McMahon, Harris Crowley and Ryan Copeland.