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More medals to come in 2014 says Myers

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More medals to come in 2014 says Myers

Hughie Myers against Scotland's Aqueel Ahmed.

More medals to come in 2014 says Myers

Hughie Myers against Scotland's Aqueel Ahmed.

Mullingar light-flyweight boxer Hughie Myers vows that there is more to come from him in 2014, as he celebrated a gold medal at the Élite Tammer Multi-Nations boxing tournament in Finland last week.

 Myers, the Irish title holder at his weight, clinched the first of three Irish gold medals at the 34th running of the prestigious competition, held in the southern Finnish city of Tampere.

 The Ryston BC (Kildare) pugilist saw off stiff competition from Scotland’s Aqueel Ahmed in the 49kg final, winning all three rounds in the decider on Sunday November 23.

His place in the final came after another perfect result against Chinese fighter Tsung-Chun Chen in the semi-final on November 21. Irish 81kg boxer Darren O’Neill and 75kg star Conrad Cummings also took gold medals from the 14-nation event.

 There was one other Westmeath boxer among the winners in Tampere, from among the total Irish medal haul of three gold, one silver and two bronze. Mullingar’s 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s, Athy) enjoyed a comfortable 69kg quarter-final win over Chin-Cheng Su of Chinese Taipei on Friday, before losing out to Finland’s Antti Hietala in the semi on Saturday, in front of the latter’s home crowd. Joyce picked up a bronze medal for his efforts.

 But the gold medal win for Myers is the latest success in the 20 year old’s meteoric rise, which reached new levels in February after he captured a national light-flyweight senior title.

“I won the first fight against the Chinese lad fairly easy,” Hughie told the Westmeath Examiner last week. “He was a good boxer, with plenty of good moves, but what let him down was that he had no power in the punch.

 “I met Ahmed in the final. I beat him handy enough in the first round, but in the second, I got caught with a couple of foolish shots.

 “He’s a busy lad in the ring, but I started moving a bit more in the third round, and that got me over the line.”

 Next up for Hughie is the defence of his élite 49kg national senior title in February. The way was left clear for the European U23 silver medallist to have a crack at the national title earlier this year, after then champion Paddy Barnes – struck down by flu – opted out of the competition. Myers didn’t disappoint, impressively denying Cairn Lodge’s T J Waite in the final.

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