Boxing brothers in double title win

Published Thursday, 23 May 2013
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A Co Down boxing club has celebrated its first all Ireland title for the first time in nearly 50 years from not one but two of its fighters.

Boxing brothers in double title win
The brothers brought back two all Ireland titles for the boxing club. (© UTV)

Boxing brothers Jake and Kane Tucker, aged 11 and 13 years old, beat off tough competition in their age and weight classifications last month to be crowned champions.

Jake explained they fought their way from the Mid Ulster, through to Ulster Final, and then Dublin, where he faced three bouts before taking the championship.

"They were hard fights to us because they were all champions too," he said.

He described the brothers' elation in winning the titles.

"My mum and dad were shaking my hands and giving me hugs, he said.

"Down (at) the club everyone was shaking my hands, even people I didn't really know were shaking my hands.

"I felt on top of the world for me and my brother to bring back an Irish title to Newry."

The boys are now the pride of their local club St John Bosco.

"For being so young, their attention to detail was unbelievable," Bobby Lavery from the club explained.

"1967 was the last champion at St John Bosco- it's like the bus, you get one then two come along. It was brilliant, we are so proud."

The club hopes that now they will get the necessary funding to upgrade their facilities to train more champions of the future.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
big fan in comber wrote (423 days ago):
well done lads, your family must be proud of you both?
Fiona in Liverpool wrote (426 days ago):
Brilliant achievement boys keep working hard 2020 olympics im a very proud auntie x
con in US wrote (426 days ago):
one word 'fantastic'!
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