TWINS KEVIN AND MARK MCMONAGLE are on the collison course that won’t collide at the National Under-18 Boxing Championships.
The Dungloe ABC boxers, who hail from Lettermacaward, are both entered in the 56kgs division of the Championships, the draw for which was made today.
Kevin meets Nathan May from Dublin Docklands in a preliminary round bout at The National Stadium in Dublin tomorrow.
The winner of that contest has been drawn to face none other than Mark McMonagle in a quarter-final next Friday night.
However, the McMonagles won’t be in opposing corners.
“They don’t fight each other, even though they go to war in sparring,” said a club spokesperson.
“The ideal plan is usually for them to get a fight or two each and then if their paths do cross that either Jim McCole (Dungloe ABC coach) will make a decision on who should go through or they’d toss a coin.
“A good tournament is for each of them to win a fight or two and one gets to the final.
“They don’t fight competitively, but they go to war in sparring!”
The two aren’t completely identical with Kevin boxing as a southpaw and Mark as an orthodox.
Also tomorrow, Odhran McRuairi from Dungloe ABC meets Scott O’Connor of Ryston in a preliminary fight at 52kgs while Paddy McConigley of Letterkenny ABC takes on St Mary’s, Daingean’s Brian Kennedy in a quarter-final at 81kgs.
St Johnston man and Oakleaf ABC fighter Brett McGinty, who is gunning this time for a seventh Irish title, is up against former European champion Jordan Myers.
McGinty, a silver medalist in the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015, has already beaten Sligo’s Myers – the 2013 European Schoolboy champion – this year.
Back in January, McGinty took a unanimous decision win over Myers at the Maldron Hotel in Derry on the Oakleaf ABC’s show.
Next Friday night, at 60kgs, Matthew McCole from Dungloe takes on St Paul’s Waterford man Andy McDonagh in a quarter-final.Tags: