Mongans claims Junior Cadet title and place on Irish team

John Mongans claimed the Junior Cadet 70kg National title with an emphatic second round stoppage over Tom Ward of Ballyhaunis on Sunday.

This win came 24 hours after the Rathkeale fighter dominated his semi final against fellow national champion Peter Maghee of St Conleths, Kildare. The bout ended 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. He was fully aware that he needed to be in top condition to win and progress to the National team.

His courage was rewarded when he was called up to the Irish Schoolboy team who start training this weekend for the European Schoolboy Championships in Turkey this August.

This win marks Mongans as a two time national champion and brings a total of five Irish titles to Rathkeale Boxing Club this season.

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On Friday evening Limerick’s two other entries for the Junior Cadet Campionships suffered narrow defeats in their respective quarter finals. Timmy Power, making his debut at 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 a split decision to Cathal Myers of Sligo City.

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