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Holy Trinity’s De Santos targets Euro U22s as club boxers see action in Dublin

FRESH from his success at the Irish U22 Championships, Holy Trinity’s Clepson de Santos is aiming for European glory.

The bantamweight champion and the rest of the winners will travel to Dublin for a full evaluation ahead of the European Championships in Croatia from March 11-24, while this summer’s Commonwealth Games will also be on his radar.

De Santos produced an excellent performance to beat Cian O’Toole in the national final a fortnight ago and his club coach Michael Hawkins Snr has high hopes it can be a breakthrough year for his man.

“It was a complete win over O’Toole and he boxed really well,” he said.

“Other than that, he’s been selected for the U22 panel and will be in Dublin for a full assessment with the rest of the squad and then hopefully that leads to the Commonwealth Games.

“It’s really good for him to have this opportunity to be there and impress the coaches, so we’re delighted with him.”


Santos’ Clepson celebrates recent Irish U22 title win

It wasn’t such good news for another Holy Trinity man at the U22s, as Jon McConnell was stunned after his light-welterweight semi-final loss at the hands of James McDonagh.

McDonagh had high hopes of going all the way, but Hawkins felt his man had just passed the division and that was a major factor in his loss.

“Jon was just starting to feel the pinch of weight,” he suggested.

“We thought he was a certainty there, but we’re not complaining about it because he had a bad second round, which he rarely has after winning the first. It was a 3-2 in the third, so it was a draw.

Last weekend, a full squad of boxers from Holy Trinity traveled to the Sheriff Community Center in Dublin to take on boxers from the Docklands club in a day of exhibition bouts.
Organized by Philip Keogh of the Docklands Boxing Club, with the coordination of Michael Hawkins Jnr from the Belfast side, 26 boxers and six trainers traveled through Stephen Kelly to officiate all the fights in what was a very useful exercise.

“It was great to bring the whole Dublin squad there, especially the older guys as it was very competitive,” added Hawkins.

Michael Hawkins with Philip Keogh of Docklands

Michael Hawkins with Philip Keogh of Docklands

Walsh ready to return to Bulgaria
Meanwhile, Tokyo Olympian Michaela Walsh returns to the ring on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria at the 73rd Strandja International Boxing Tournament.

Joining Walsh will be fellow Belfast boxers Caitlin Fryers, Carly McNaul and JP Hale for the tournament who have been selected to be part of the new World Boxing Tour Golden Gloves series by the IBA.

The draw will take place on Saturday afternoon and the preliminaries will begin on Sunday.

Shamrock and Olive Tree Boxing Project ready to launch
The Shamrock and Olive Tree Boxing Project officially launches its cultural sports exchange project at the Esker Boxing Club, Lucan, Dublin on Wednesday 23rd February at 7pm.

The launch is a collaborative effort of three Irish boxing clubs with boxing clubs in Palestine.

The project aims to identify shared values ​​and identity through the art of boxing with the aim of immersing young people in new cultural contexts.

Introductory session: A brief discussion on the goals, objectives and results of the project Live chat via digital link with El Barrio Boxing in Ramallah Q&A with coaches from three boxing clubs: Esker Boxing Club (Dublin) , Saviors Crystal Boxing Club (Waterford) and St Paul’s Boxing Club in Belfast.

Guest speaker is David Bell (school teacher and artist, Belfast) will discuss methodologies and best practice when working with contextualized young people in a conflict youth work context. All are welcome to support the event.

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