Olympian Boxing Club’s golden generation of boxers

Olympian Boxing Club boxers - Joe Hodgkinson, Harvey Briggs, Joseph Miller, Alex Miller, Mitchell Taggart and Aaron Bird
Olympian Boxing Club boxers - Joe Hodgkinson, Harvey Briggs, Joseph Miller, Alex Miller, Mitchell Taggart and Aaron Bird

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Olympian Boxing Club is celebrating after two of their boxers fought their way to gold medals in the 2018 Monkstown International Box Cup.

The tournament is the biggest of its kind in the world, with boxers from all over the globe as far away as the USA, Canada, India, Russia and Sierra Leone taking part.

The three-day tournament, held in Dublin last weekend, saw around 1,000 boxers compete.

The Olympian Boxing Club, based in Sunderland, was represented by five boxers in the Skills and Schoolboy sections of the competition and were marshalled by head coach Allan Topping and coach Tony Miller.

14-year-old Joseph Miller competed in the Schoolboy 36kg weight category and clinched the gold medal for the second time in three years.

Miller won the bout against Irish opponent Sean Byrne when the referee stepped in and stopped the fight in the second round.

Aaron Bird, 13-years-old, rounded off a superb season with a gold medal in the 42kg category, adding to his National title he won recently.

Joe Hodgkinson, 13-years-old, was hoping to follow up his recent National title with a gold medal, however, he had to settle for a silver in the 62kg section, losing his final contest by split decision.

Mitchell Taggart, 13-years-old, competed in the Schoolboy 50kg section, but lost his semi-final contest against Midland champion T.Robinson.

The final boxer from the club, 10-year-old Alex Miller, gained some valuable experience at his first tournament, competing in the skills section at 30kg.