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Delighted McGivern turns it on to see off Duffy

 

By David Mohan

James McGivern put in a coming-of-age display to overcome Commonwealth bronze medallist from Glasgow, Sean Duffy, in last night's Ulster Elite 60kg final.

The St George's boxer put in a mature display to overcome the Holy Trinity man, nullifying Duffy's usual aggressive style with his slick counter-punching from southpaw scoring.

McGivern even showed another side to his game in the third, standing in front of Duffy and trading - in the end he was a worthy winner as the Commonwealth Youth gold medallist stepped up to DElite level.

"He won bronze at the Games in Glasgow and he's a well-known boxer, so for me, a young man coming up, it was great to get that scalp," he said.

"That was a great performance from Sean and a great fight, he didn't make it easy for me, but thankfully I came through it.

"He's a come-forward, aggressive fighter so I knew I had to be on my toes, jab and move, but in the last round I wanted to come forward and stand toe-to-toe because that's something I don't do a lot. I'm a tough kid so I knew it was there."

The fight of the night came in the men's flyweight decider between Brendan Irvine and Conor Quinn. Rio Olympian, Irvine took it from all five judges, but it was far from straightforward as Clonard's Quinn gave the St Paul's man all he wanted, his double left uppercut in particular a potent weapon.

However, Irvine began to lay traps from the second off his jab, and was landing the eye-catching shots with his right beginning to score and he was a worthy winner.

"I started to slow in the first round," said Irvine.

"I wasn't using my jab at all, but I got back to the corner and my coaches told me what to do and they told me to use my jab.

"My jab basically won me that fight by keeping him at bay and catching him with nice shots.

"It was a good fight for everyone to watch, but I started slow and worked my way back into it. I'm just thankful I have such a good team around me."

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