Rising star: Kevin Sheehy, St. Franics, Limerick, left, is declared the winner of his bout against Liam Greene, South Meath, County Meath at the 2018 IABA Elite Boxing Championships Semi-Finals
THREE Limerick boxers will bid for Irish titles this Saturday in the National Elite finals in Dublin’s National Stadium.
Kevin Sheehy of St Francis and Rathkeale duo Martin Keenan and Nell Fox are bidding to win a national title against the cream of Irish amateur boxing.
St Francis BC heavyweight Kevin Sheehy is one of Ireland’s rising stars.
The Limerick city man claimed a National senior title last December and then last month he followed that up with a National U-22 Championship success.
Coached by Ken Moore and Jimmy Moore and others in St Francis Boxing Club, Sheehy is line for selection on the Irish squad for March’s European U-22 Men’s Championships in Romania.
“I’m just trying to win as much as I can. Each one is as tough as the other,” said Sheehy.
“I do see myself as Elite champion, that’s the goal. I want to be Elite champion, that’s what we’re working toward and going to the Olympics. All these championships are stepping stones and trying to win each one to get there,” he added.
Nineteen year old Sheehy beat Liam Greene (South Meath) 4-1 in last weekend’s 91kg semi final.
In Saturday's final, Sheehy will face Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield).
Rathkeale’s Nell Fox will bid to bring a female title back to Limerick. In the 81+kg final, Fox faces Lisa Browne (Aglish).
In the Super Heavyweight final, Rathkeale Boxing Club’s Martin Keenan bids to defend his title. In the 91+kg decider Keenan faces Dean Gardiner (Clonmel).
Keenan beat Geoffrey Kavanagh (Glasnevin) 4-1 in his quarter final and then John McDonnell (Crumlin) 5-0 in the semi final.
Limerick also had St Francis duo Tommy Casey and Myles Casey in the Elite championships but neither reached the finals.
All 2018 National Elite Men’s and Women’s finals will be decided this Saturday, February 24.
A second edition of the Elite Championships for women (September) and men (November) will be held this year.
Elsewhere over the weekend, Raheen pro-boxer Graham McCormack O’Shea won his second fight in the paid ranks.
McCormack O’Shea fought in the Waterford IT Arena’s Ring Kings show – the first pro show in the Munster city in over seven decades.
The Limerick light middleweight faced Hungarian opponent Jozsef Takacs. It’s was only in December that the Raheen man debuted in the pro-ranks.
Over the weekend McCormack O’Shea won in style with a knockout to continue his winning streak.