Immaculata clubman and teenager – James Fryers claimed his first Ulster Elite title with a tremendous display of defence and scoring with good shots in a close lightweight final with Mark O’Hara at the Donegal Celtic Football Club.
Fryers won 4-3 and was also awarded the Most Improved Young Boxer of the championships. In another close encounter at bantamweight, Immaculata’s Ryan Lindberg claimed his sixth Ulster title from a cracking final on a score of 9-8.
At 22 – Lindberg is a veteran on Ulster finals nights, he is one of the most dedicated boxers, but full credit must go to Holy Trinity’s Sean McComb who produced a fantastic display and no doubt will be a serious contender in the future.
St. Paul’s flyweight, Declan Milligan caused an upset by defeating reigning champion Michael Conlon by 6 points to 3. The welterweight final saw the clash of ‘Champions’, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Patrick Gallagher set out his stall against defending champion William McLaughlin.
This was the one the crowd certainly enjoyed with McLaughlin’s sharp style and accurate punching proving too much for the gallant Gallagher.
McLaughlin forced Gallagher to a standing eight count at the start of round 2 and from that there was no doubt that McLaughlin’s firepower would secure him his third ulster title with an impressive score of 15-3.
The victory left no doubt in the minds of the Ulster Boxing Council to name McLaughlin as the Best Boxer of the Championships