By Chris Caldwell
EIGHT members of Omagh’s Sacred Heart Boxing Club made the long journey to Sweden over the weekend to compete in the King of the Ring tournament.
The event gave the local lads the chance to sample international opposition and while there was a certain amount of confusion surrounding the judging criteria throughout, four of them returned to Tyrone with medals, one of which was gold!
Sean Duke was the club’s stand-out performer over the weekend, claiming the gold medal in the 30kg class after a controlled and efficient performance against a Scandinavian opponent, Kevin Nihlen.
“Sean boxed fantastically,” enthused club head coach, Adam Hunter. “He controlled the ring and produced two good performances. He’s been working very hard over the last three months and he has been rewarded for the hard work he has put in.”
Ciaron Hunter, Eoin Kelly and Sean Fee, while delighted to earn silver medals, were among the large number in attendance who were left baffled by some of the judges decisions at the event. Some fights seemed to be judged based on technique, rather than the number of punches thrown or the aggression displayed, which meant they were left a little bit disappointed to be on the wrong end of split decisions.
The remaining members of the travelling party, Callum Bradley, Jack Donnelly and Dylan McCullagh suffered similar fates in their semi-finals, but despite any disappointment suffered at the hand of the judges, each of the lads thoroughly enjoyed the experience of taking on fighters from nations as diverse as Lebanon, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and England.
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