Shannon Kickboxing Club once again excelled itself with a great night of sport in Treacys Oakwood Hotel showcasing the cream of young boxing talent in the locality.
David Ryan hits his opponent, Cork man Michael O’Donovan, with a big right hand
Club coach Howie Vincent has gone way beyond the call of duty with his passion, dedication and commitment. Howie’s many hours of blood, sweat and tears at the club premises in Tullyvarraga Hall has produced a stable of very fine young athletes who continue to add to their numerous national and international titles.
Lord of the Rings is the title given to the club’s annual event which is run under the auspices of the World Kickboxing and Karate Association.
Howie also had a personal reason to celebrate at the event when his son Josh ended a great night by defeating JJ Rajca, from the Spirit Mixed Martial Arts Club in Tralee, to win the Irish Mens 75kg title.
It was the club’s second Irish title of the evening. Liam Alford added to his collection of European and national belts and medals when he stopped Ben Patterson of Bodyshots Kickboxing Club, Newtownabbey, in the second round to win the Irish Mens 60kg title belt.
It’s onwards and upwards for Liam, who has his father Liam in the corner, no doubt this young man will one day bring a world kickboxing title back to Clare.
David Ryan was unlucky in his professional K1 bout when he came up against Michael O’Donovan, of Samson Martial Arts, in a very tough contest which the Cork man shaded.
Other local fighters to do well on the night included Shane Harty and Mateusz Szalek who won their bouts against fighters from the Phoenix club in Ennis and Spirit in Tralee.
Young Tara Diggins and Alice Rose Piggott more than held their own in exhibition bouts while Celtan Delaney, Damian Czarniak and Geoffrey Rodgers lost out in their respective fights.