Commonwealth Youth Games Box-Offs Results

Three box-offs took place this afternoon at the National Stadium in Dublin to determine the Northern Ireland team which will travel to the Bahamas this Summer for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

A six-man team will be sent to the Caribbean for the tournament which takes place from the 18th to the 23rd of July.

Two of these, Holy Trinity pair Kane Tucker (75kg) and Kian Bittles (52kg), were confirmed for the team following an initial selection competition at the Dockers in Belfast last month.

This weekend at the Home of Irish Boxing, the remaining four spots were decided.

At light flyweight, Illies GG boxer John Moran defeated Diaruid Toland on a unanimous decision. In a semi-final yesterday, Moran defeated Liam Glennon – winner of last month’s tournament.

In a lightweight battle of the Bradleys, Dominic of Errigal defeated Callum of Sacred Heart Omagh on a narrow 3-2 split decision.

Gleann welterweight Anthony Johnston then defeated Michael Hennessy of St Monica’s – winner at the Dockers last month.

At light welter, Old School talent Aaron McKenna withdrew from his bout, leaving Edgar Vuskans of Glengormley as the 64kg representative,

All five team members medalled at the Games in Apia in 2015, with Stevie McKenna, James McGivern, and Aidan Walsh taking gold, while Brett McGinty and Tiernan Bradley won silver.

In previous editions, medals were won by Carl Frampton, Patrick Murphy, Dee McComb, Sean Duffy, Paul Hyland Jr, Joe Fitzpatrick, Enda Kennedy, and Conor Doherty.

Commonwealth Youth Games
Northern Ireland Team

49 – John Moran (Illies GG)
52 – Kian Bittles (Holy Trinity)
60 – Dominic Bradley (Errigal)
64 – Edgar Vuskas (Glengormley)
69 – Anthony Johnston (Gleann)
75 – Kane Tucker (Holy Trinity)

Joe O'Neill

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