Explosive Leah Gallen surges to another Irish title with stunning KO


Raphoe ABC’s Leah Gallen has won her second Irish title of 2018.

Gallen stopped Sophia Hopkova in the third round of their 66kgs final at the Irish Senior Cadet Championships in Dublin today.

Picture: Leah Gallen with Gary McCullagh, Cody Lafferty and Paul O’Donnell

Gallen, who won a Girl 5 title earlier in the year with a win over Keisha Attwell, was explosive in her destruction of Hopkova, putting the Ballyhaunis woman to the sword in emphatic style. 

The referee stopped the contest in the third stanza with Gallen having inflicted a volley of blows on the powerless Hopkova.

Gallen had given Hopkova a count in each of the three rounds.

There had been disappointment last night for Raphoe’s Cody Lafferty, who lost out to Rathkeale’s Breda Quilligan, while Carndonagh’s Andrew Cunningham was beaten by Legacy’s Steven Cairns today in a semi-final at 60kgs.

The IABA are using the National Senior Cadets as part of their selection process for October’s European Junior Male and Female Championships in Anapa, Russia

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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