Ulster Intermediate Championships: McComb edges out Collins in thriller
Sometimes in defeat you can taste a little victory and that was the case for Paul Collins as he exited the Ulster Intermediate championships last night.
The best was left to last in the Dockers Club when Gavin McComb moved through to the flyweight final after a thrilling three rounds with Collins.
Immaculata ABC man McComb had the natural edge in strength but southpaw Collins made up for that with his relentless punching from first bell to last.
The opening round set the pattern as Collins exploded out of the blocks and rapped his opponent with razor sharp shots but in the latter stages of the round McComb connected with his own clean blows and they were tied at 3-3 going into the second.
Clonard lad Collins came out refreshed and once again had success with his straight punching but McComb responded once more with solid blows to body and head which took a little of the snap out of his opponent’s work.
The 12-7 advantage to McComb at the end of the second seemed a little harsh on Collins who dug deep in the third and the two men produced some great action right to the end before receiving a standing ovation.
Ray Ginley moved through to Friday night’s semi-finals of the middleweight division with an impressive second round stoppage of Convoy’s Patrick Stokes.
Ginley, who has just turned 17, knew he had to get close to the Donegal man to make his power count and he did just that at the start of the second.
The Belfast teenager delivered some fine short hooks and uppercuts forcing Stokes to take a count.
A further assault from Ginley led to another count and the referee wisely called a halt.
At light-heavyweight Adam McBurney of Banbridge threw away a golden chance to make the semis when in the last round he got tagged with a couple of clean blows, eventually losing 7-5 to Dennis O’Donnell of Dungloe.
75kg: John Hutchinson (Illies GG) bt Pat Stokes (Oakleaf) 4-3; Ryan Donnelly (Bishop Kelly) bt Cathal Donnelly (Clonoe) 5-0; Chris McCann (SJB Belfast) bt John Mulhern (SJB Belfast) rsc2.
81kg: Julio Carvalho (Monkstown) bt Gerard Loughran (SJB Belfast) rsc3; Brendan Creagan (St Joseph’s) bt Marc Fleming (Albert Foundry) rsc3; Patrick Fryers (Clones) bt Shane Connolly (Smithboro) 4-3.