Last Sunday John Mongans claimed the Junior Cadet 70kg National title with an emphatic second round stoppage over the game Tom Ward of Ballyhaunis.
This win came 24 hours after Mongans dominated his semi final against fellow national champion Peter Maghee of St Conleths, Kildare. Proceedings in the bout ended prematurely with another second round stoppage after Mongans landed heavy shots on Maghee forcing the stoppage.
After claiming his first Irish title in March at 72kg, John made the conscious decision to drop to 70kg for this competition. Mongans was aware that he needed to be in top condition heading into the bout to win and progress to the National team.
Huge rewards were given for his efforts as Mongans has called up to the Irish Schoolboy team who commence training this weekend. They will be preparing for the pending European Schoolboy Championships which will be held in Turkey this August.
This win marks Mongans as a two time national champion and brings a total of five Irish titles to Rathkeale BC this season.
On Friday evening our two other entries for the Junior Cadet Campionships suffered narrow defeats in their respective quarter finals. Timmy Power, making his debut at the home of Irish boxing in the national stadium lost out to Kane Bannigan of Lisburn in his 48kg quarter final.
Power showed off his skills and did not look out of place among the cream of Irish boxing.
Having impressively won in his preliminary bout, Martin McDonagh bowed out in his 52kg quarter final on the dreaded split decision to Cathal Myers of Sligo City. Well done again to all boxers, coaches, parent/guardians and supporters!