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Tredagh Boxers Shine at All Ireland Junior Cadet Championships

Tredagh Boxers Shine at All Ireland Junior Cadet Championships


Tredagh Boxing Academy recently showcased their talent at the All Ireland Junior Cadet Championships, a pivotal qualifying event for the upcoming European School Boy Championships.

Andrew Mathews (Tredagh) gets the judge's decision in the All Ireand Cadet Championships.

In a thrilling first-round bout, Andrew Mathews (Tredagh) faced off against his familiar rival, Malachy Nugent (Armagh Boxing Club). Despite Nugent’s three previous victories over Mathews, Andrew displayed exceptional skill and determination, winning all three rounds by unanimous decision from all five judges. This victory underscored Tredagh’s commitment to development and consistency.


In a thrilling first-round bout, Andrew Mathews (Tredagh) faced off against his familiar rival, Malachy Nugent (Armagh Boxing Club). Despite Nugent’s three previous victories over Mathews, Andrew displayed exceptional skill and determination, winning all three rounds by unanimous decision from all five judges. This victory underscored Tredagh’s commitment to development and consistency.

Andrew’s next challenge was against the reigning champion, Jack St Ledger from St Michael’s Boxing Club, New Ross. Despite a strong performance, Andrew narrowly lost in a 3-2 split decision. The Tredagh corner questioned the verdict, revealing that Andrew had actually won the first two rounds but lost the third, leading to a narrow overall defeat. Nonetheless, Andrew’s performance was commendable, and he remains eligible to compete in next year’s championships.

Michael James (M.J.) McDonagh (Tredagh) competed in the final against Edmond Commins from Kilkenny. M.J. delivered a stellar performance, dominating Commins with precise counterpunching. After forcing a standing count in the first round, M.J. continued to control the bout, winning by unanimous points decision to become the National Cadet All Ireland Champion for 2024. M.J. is now training with Ireland High Performance and hopes to represent Ireland in the European School Boy Championships, following the footsteps of fellow Tredagh boxers Grace Conway and Callum Carrager.

The following day, Tredagh hosted its largest ever sparring camp tournament at An Grianan Termonfectin. With three rings in operation, over 250 boxers from 24 clubs across various regions participated. The event, supported by local councilors, was a celebration of boxing talent and community spirit, offering free entry and medals for all participants.

Tredagh Boxing Academy continues to foster talent with classes for junior boxers (ages 7-11), championship age boxers, and elite levels for both males and females. They also offer Boxercise classes for the public. For more information, contact Padraig at 087 9944 799.

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