Monkstown International Box Cup 2016 became Europe’s largest Boxing Tournament with over 900 boxers from 11 different countries.
Most parts of south Dublin & north Wicklow were absolutely buzzing with boxing teams from all over Europe who had arrived for the Monkstown International Box Cup 2016 at the weekend. Over 900 boxers, 500 coaches, 100 Officials & 2000 spectators of family/supporters packed into the Holy Child Community School Sports Hall in Sallynoggin for 3 days of boxing from 7am each morning to 11pm Fri/Sat night & 7pm Sunday night.
The boxing tournament which had Four boxing rings running simultaneously throughout the 3 days, was for Boys & Girls aged from 9 to 19 and was attended by clubs from 11 different countries, the breakdown of clubs was as follows:
Country / Clubs
Ireland x 125
England x 56
Scotland x 1
Norway x 2
Netherlands x 1
Germany x 2
Sweden x 1
France x 1
Greece x 1
Wales x 1
Belgium x 1
It was amazing to see Dun Laoghaire town centre packed out with all these boys & girls in their representative club tracksuits. Every Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse was booked out well in advance, all the local restaurants/bars had an upsurge in custom from the boxing event.
The planning of the event has been ongoing since its previous event last July. All of the 45 people working at the event are doing so on a voluntary basis. The club has set up 2 separate committee’s to help deal with the amount of entries. In its 4 year existence now and has grown from Year1: 75 boxers, Year2: 300 Boxers, Year3: 500 Boxers and now in its 4th Year: 920 boxers.
In particular the committee would sincerely like to thank their sponsors Globalmedics.com, DLRCC (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council), IABA (Irish Athletic Boxing Assoc.) and Holy Child Community School Sallynoggin.
There is no doubt there will be an upsurge in boys & girls wanting to join the club, with many parents asking how can their kids join, and where the local clubs are situated.
On the results front – Monkstown BC continued their recent good form with winning the overall Best Club with 9 Champions, included in their Champions was 17 year old 62kg Kenneth Doyle, who in the past 2 years was a beaten finalist – this year he went one step better and won the 62kg class beating 3 opponents in 3 days. Other Awards were handed out at the end of finals day on Sunday for the following:
1. Best Boxer Award: Aaron Vaughan (Towerhill BC, Liverpool, England)
2. Most Technical Boxer: Kenneth Doyle (Monkstown BC, Dublin, Ireland)
3. Best Junior Boxer: Joe Tyres (Darlington BC, England)
4. Best Club Award:
1st Place – Monkstown BC, Dublin, Ireland (9 Champions)
Joint 2nd Place – Munster High Performance Selection, Ireland / Darlington BC, England (both with 8 champions)
1. Monkstown Box Cup Logo
2. Most Technical Boxer – Kenneth Doyle (Monkstown BC, Dublin, Ireland) with his finals opponent Reswan Rai Don (Maidstown Ghurka BC, Kent, England)
3. Hamburg Boxing Team, Germany wait patiently for Weigh In & Medical
4. Shanice Juste (Arklow BC), Referee: Yakob Hussain (Blackburn Police BC, England), Female U19 64kg Champion Madeline Angelsen (Norway)
5. Some of the R&J take a break for a photo