Kevin Sheehy with St Francis Boxing Club coaches Jimmy and Ken Moore
THREE National senior amateur boxing titles returned to Limerick over the weekend.
The headline success was 19 year old Kevin Sheehy from St Francis Boxing Club who won the heavyweight title in the National Stadium in Dublin.
There were also female title wins for Siobhan Ni Laoire (Corpus Christi) and Nell Fox (Rathkeale).
Siobhan Ni Laoire of Corpus Christi won the 60kg title with a 5-0 success over Aisling Murray (Muskerry).
Rathkeale’s Nell Fox won the 81kg title.
Teenager Kevin Sheehy beat Crumin’s Jake Patterson 4-1 to win the heavyweight title.
To reach the final the rising star from Limerick city beat Brian Mullen (St Annes) and Mark Scanlon (Ballinacarrow).
Ken Moore and Valerie Hamilton and the coaches of St Francis Boxing Club have praised the rise of Kevin Sheehy.
“Kevin is just 19 years of age and to bring the heavyweight title back is an astounding achievement for any boxer, but especially for one so young,” said Moore.
“”He went to the U-18 World Championships last year as a Super Heavyweight but since he came back we got him involved with Noel Bowen as strength and conditioning coach and nutrition and his weight has come down and he has gone from strength to strength and developing as a person and as a boxer,” outlined the St Francis Boxing Club coach.
“He doesn’t get much of a rest – next is the U-22 championships in February and if he is successful there is a European Championships at U-22 and if he were the senior champion and U-22 champion we would fancy his chances of getting picked for those Europeans. The Elite Championships are also coming up so we will have to sit down after the U-22s and talk about them – our big goal for the year was to compete in the Elite Championships,” said Moore.