Limerick boxers are good as gold – and silver

Medal-winning boxers Reece Hayes, Chloe Keogh, Ben McCabe, Jamie Ryan and David Kelly. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

THE HUB Boxing Club in Kileely is celebrating after their members covered the club in glory at an international competition in Dublin.

Just over three years in existence, the club recently took part in the Neilstown Box Cup in Dublin and with 11 boxers competing, brought home four gold medals and a silver medal.

Colin Koyce, boxing coach and club member, told the Limerick Post it was “a great result for the boxers and the club. We’re a relatively new club but we’ve really grown our membership in the last couple of years and they members are just fantastic.”

Based in a Deis area and located in the Learning Hub, the boxing club aims to cater for locals, particularly young people, but also has members coming in from the county and from neighbouring Clare.

Operating three days a week from the Kileely centre under head coach, Phil Moloney, the club has members aged from 15 years to 30 years, both male and female.

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One of the leading lights among the female boxers is 18-year-old Chloe Keogh, who has boxed in national and European competitions.

“She’s a fantastic role model for the young girls. She shows them that it’s okay to be involved in combative sport,” said Colin.

The club wants to welcome new members, with a roster of around 60 currently and 30 actively boxing in competitions.

“We keep the price of classes down as much as possible because we want everyone to be able to come, but we also have a responsibility to make sure we have enough coaches to train people for competition and to develop their love of the sport”.

The medal winners on the day were Rhys Hayes (23), 57kg Novice Gold Medalist; Jamie Ryan (17) 71kg U18 Gold Medalist; Chloe Keogh (18) 63kg Senior Gold Medalist; David Kelly (17) 67kg U18 Gold Medalist; Ben McCabe (24) 92kg Novice Silver Medalist.