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Jude targets Euro glory after sealing tenth Irish crown

JUDE Gallagher isn’t one to pat himself on the back and celebrate his most recent success. The Newtownstewart teenager prefers to look forward, set another goal and then tries to achieve it.

And that’s exactly what he’s doing in the immediate aftermath of earning his 10th Irish crown. On Saturday, the 17-year-old Two Castles Boxing Club fighter defeated Dublin’s Jake McMahon in the 52kg final at the Irish Under-18 Championships, but he is now looking to September and the European Youth Championships where he hopes to surpass his bronze medal success of 12 months ago.

“That’s ten Irish titles now, but when I won the first one I didn’t think much more about it, I just took them as they come,” explained the talented Tyrone pugilist, who also earned a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships earlier this year.

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“The final was a good test and preparation for the European’s against a tough lad, on the younger side at about 16.

“I want to go the whole way this time. I think the experience last year at the European’s and the World’s and now having a 10th Irish title will stand me in good stead for Bulgaria.

“I got good experience out in Italy and France a few weeks ago, too, which can only help, so everything is looking good.

“I’ll stay on track now with training camps and sessions in Dublin before we go to Bulgaria.”

Jude reached his 10th Irish final courtesy of a wide points margin victory in the last eight over Dublin’s Nathan Horrigan. His opponent withdrew from the semi-final and he then impressed in the decider against Liberty Boxing Club’s McMahon.

The Two Castles club had two boxers entered into the National Youth Championships in Dublin.

Tiarnan Mayse moved down in weight category from his Irish Championship victory at 75kg to 69kg. He had a tough opening bout against Leinster’s Declan McDonagh, which he edged on a 4/1 decision.

In the semi-final he met Dublin’s William Hayden, who was a wrecking ball in the division, winning all his bouts via stoppage. A scrappy first round by Tiarnan was followed by an impressive second stanza. The third round was very close, Hayden just edging the bout in the judges’ eyes before going on to stop his opponent in the final.

“The club are pleased with Tiarnan’s performance as he is on the younger side of the entries and has another year left,” said a club spokesperson.

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