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McCullagh clinches Ulster Boys title

Jack Donnelly, left, and Dylan McCullagh

Jack Donnelly, left, and Dylan McCullagh

DYLAN McCullagh, of Sacred Heart ABC, Omagh, emerged as the top young boxer in his class in the province after clinching victory in the Ulster Boys Boxing Championships which were held in Crossmaglen over the weekend.

The classy eleven year old claimed a 3-0 points victory over Oran Carton, of Maydown in Derry, after producing a composed and skilful display in the final of the Boy 1 39kg category.

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While his opponent battled gamely and sought to disrupt his rhythm, McCullagh stuck to his gameplan and never allowed himself to be rattled despite competing in front of a large and vociferous crowd.

Dylan had plenty of his own supporters ringside and he delighted them with the quality of his performance and his impressive ringcraft, repeatedly catching his opponent with straight left jabs down the middle.

The up and coming Sacred Heart boxer now progresses to compete in the All-Ireland Boys Championships to be held in the National Stadium in Dublin on March 29th.

Meanwhile McCullagh’s Sacred Heart clubmate Jack Donnelly also acquitted himself well in Crossmaglen in the Ulster Finals. Competing in the Boys 3 52kg final, Jack gave his Errigal ABC opponent Corey McLaughlin, a two time Irish champion, his fill of it in an action packed contest but only just lost out on points.

Donnelly produced a terrific display and there was very little in it from the first bell till the last.

Everyone at Sacred Heart is very proud of the achievements of its two young boxers.

Meanwhile the club’s multiple Irish champion and highly rated international Tiernan Bradley is spending St Patrick’s Day with the Irish Select team in Pittsburgh, USA, where they are competing in the Donnybrook Ambassador’s Cup against a host Select.

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Tiernan will test his skills against home fighter Rosalindo Morales.

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