Midleton Boxer Cara Powell Wins All-Ireland Medal

By Alan Sheehan

Members and coaches of Midleton Boxing Club gather around Cara Powell, centre, who holds her All-Ireland medal and certificate.

Midleton’s Cara Powell emerged victorious in her All-Ireland Final at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, last Saturday, 21 January.

Midleton Boxing Club added an All-Ireland winner to it’s club roster once Cara Powell defeated her opponent Shania Murphy, of St Pat’s Domhaire, by two rounds to one in their closely-contest bout at 48KG in the Women’s Novice Finals.

“It was a straight final on Saturday, just the two of them, and Cara won by two rounds to one,” said said Billy O’Sullivan, one of Ms Powell’s coaches, along with Stephen Desmond and Colm O' Riordan. “She won a Munster title in November of last year, in the same category: Senior Female Novice. Cara has been boxing for two years. She first boxed in a charity event for the Irish Heart Foundation, and she’s been boxing away with the club ever since.”

Ms Powell, who is in her second year of studying Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), said: “I always wanted to try boxing and the charity event gave me the chance to see if I wanted to do it, and I loved it. I got into club through that. I’ve had about three or four fights in the two years. I also box with CIT, hoping to go to a few competitions coming up soon. I would like to give my thanks and appreciation to the club and the trainers.”

Ms Powell wasn’t the only boxer from the Midleton Club in action that Saturday night as Ian Desmond was in action at the Cork-Bristol Exchange at Boxing Centre in Churchfield, Cork City. Ian, as part of the Irish team facing stand-out talent from Bristol and Western Counties, came off second-best in his 64kg match against the highly-rated Daryl Dunne.

“Ian fought in one of more than ten matches, including exhibitions, on the night,” said Stephen Desmond, Ian’s father and one of the coaches at Midleton Boxing Club. “His opponent is a very, very tough young fella; he’s knocked out I don’t know how many. Ian went all three rounds with him, which we were delighted with.”

Midleton Boxing Club, located in Townspark along the R627, is the only Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) affiliated club in the town, and first opened its doors five years ago.

“Ian’s been with the club since it started five years ago, and he’s been steadily improving always,” said Mr Stephen Desmond, “but not just him. We’ve 30 members at the moment, including some raw recruits, and we’ve County, Munster, and now all-Ireland champions, and each and every one of ‘em is a credit to the club.”