Now two-time National Senior Elite Boxing champion, Kelyn Cassidy.
It was a huge win for Waterford amateur boxing with the National Elite Championship semi-finals and finals taking place at the National Stadium in Dublin.
On Friday night Saviours Crystal’s Kelyn Cassidy was in action in his 80kg semi-final against Brian Kennedy of St. Marys and it was the Waterford man who came out on top on a 5-0 scoreline.
This set Kelyn up for his final on Saturday night against Jason Clancy of Sean McDermotts and the 2021 champion was seriously impressive as he became a two time National Elite Champion.
It was all power when he broke his National Elite duct with a stoppage victory over Tommy Hyde in the last Elite instalment. However, the Waterford fighter went from blasting his way into the winners’ circle to dancing onto the podium tonight. Showing all the confidence of an Elite operator with world level experience he secured a unanimous points win over Jason Clancy. Next up for the Saviours Crystal man will be shots a qualifying for the European Games and the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Kelyn’s club-mate, Sean Purcell (pictured below), also booked his place in the National Final with an excellent win over Jordan Smith of the Holy Family club in their 57kg semi-final on Friday night but there was to be no joy in the final for Purcell as he lost out to Paul Loonam of St. Carthages on Saturday night in a high-paced final.
Also in action on Saturday night was 22-year-old Tramore fighter, Zara Breslin (pictured below), who took on Olympic champion Kellie Harrington (33) in the 60kg final with the St. Mary’s boxer chasing her tenth national senior title, joining Kenneth Egan and Jim O’Sullivan as the only other fighters to have achieved that milestone.
Breslin for her part gave t everything she had after her impressive semi-final win but on the night she had no answer to the excellent Harrington.
Christina Desmond (pictured below), representing the Dungarvan club, claimed her fifth Irish Elite title when she proved too strong for Tiffany O’Reilly of Portlaoise in the 70kg final.