Knockout success for Braid ABC in hosting ‘Ulsters’

Braid ABC boxers who won medals in Saturday's Ulster Championships finals day, hosted by the Ballykeel club. From left: Ryan Lorimer (gold), Paul O'Rawe (silver) and Tyler McMullan (gold).
Braid ABC boxers who won medals in Saturday's Ulster Championships finals day, hosted by the Ballykeel club. From left: Ryan Lorimer (gold), Paul O'Rawe (silver) and Tyler McMullan (gold).

BRAID Amateur boxing club Ballymena have impressed on so many different levels this week but it was the emphatic style of their Ulster champion medal winning boxers that have them most excited.

Braid Boxers walked away from the championships with two gold winning performances and one silver.

Eleven-year-old Ryan Lorimer and 12 year old Tyler McMullan claimed gold after two sensational bouts that were the talk of the finals day of the Ulster championships. Ryan, who attends Camphill Primary school, stopped both his opponents en route to win gold.

Ryan, who previously claimed the Ulster Novice title earlier this year, stepped up to the open class and blasted his way to the gold medal stopping both opponents and claiming the title of Ulster boxing champion 2012.

Ryan’s superior strength was evident as he casually stepped up the pressure in the second round of his semi-final bout leaving the referee no option but to call a halt to the bout, this obviously gave Ryan the confidence and when stepping through the ropes to box in the final he repeated the same only this time within the first minute of the first round.

This is a testament to the hard work that Ryan puts in. He trains every day and has a determination that will enable him to make a name for himself in the sport.

Those officiating have already been remarking on his talents labelling him as one to watch for the future, Ryan claimed the boy 1, 42 kg division medal in this only his 4th bout.

Also impressing was classy Tyler McMullan who also fought twice to secure the title honours. Tyler boxed on Tuesday to fend off a previous opponent and came out on top.

In the Finals he met a Donegal boxer, who is the current Irish finalist and silver medallist, who also had a previous fight with Tyler, narrowly out pointing him in last year’s Ulster Final.

Any talk of a similar outcome was short lived as Tyler produced what can only be described as a boxing master class winning the contest 18-6. He set about his bout with confidence and boxed with superior footwork and an array of combination punches.

Tyler who boxes in the 39kg division was in control and despite his opponent pressing hard in an effort to gain control Tyler used his footwork to make him miss and to set up counter attacks that caught the judge’s eyes.

Tyler’s training sessions at the Braid club really paid off and it showed just how much he has improved in the last 12 months. His boxing ability set him apart and opened the skills gap which will give him confidence as he goes after more titles. Both Tyler and Ryan gave Braid ABC two more champions making the championships more memorable.

Also boxing in the Final of the boy 1 36kg class was Braid’s “Pocket Rocket” Paul O’Rawe.

Paul also fought his way to the final beating off a Toome ABC boxer with relative ease to secure his place in the final. Paul stepped up against undefeated boxer from St Georges, Belfast. A tough test undoubtedly lay in store but Paul did not look out of place at all, and battled through the bout losing out with a narrow margin of 11-6

“This was Paul’s fourth fight and we were considering sitting him out of these championships to allow him to develop further, but we decided to give him the experience and entered him,” said Braid ABC head coach John McLeister.

“To walk away with silver was a great achievement and he did himself and his club proud.

“We are really pleased that three out of four boys made the finals, and two golds and one silver isn’t bad at all.

“All coaches and officials at Braid are thrilled that our boys did so well especially on their home soil and with a packed venue with their family and friends present; it really showed what our club is capable of doing.

“Success was achieved at every level, in and out of the ring, already the Ulster boxing council have said they would have no problems returning to the club to hold next year’s tournament and were thrilled with the championships this year,” added John.