Wednesday, March 04, 2020

LAST Saturday, at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff, Ireland’s National Youth Boxing Team competed successfully against their Welsh counterparts. The Irish team travelled to Wales the day before to prepare for this event.
Portlaoise’s Rachel Lawless, an emerging talent in women’s boxing, represented Ireland and the Portlaoise Centre of Excellence – Boxing Academy in the Flyweight Category.
Her performance, to say the very least, was outstanding on the day, and had to be to get the result. Her opponent, Zoe Andrews, the Welsh national champion, proved to be a very tough and formidable opponent, the Golden Girl of Welsh boxing.
Rachel, started the first round in high octane mode, was amazingly sharp, getting scores with eye catching punches. Her southpaw style, posed, enormous problems for her Welsh opponent, who found it very difficult to get to the pace, Rachel had set.
Rachel won the first round convincingly. To stay in the contest the Welsh girl came out with all guns blazing in the second round. Rachel, boxing with huge confidence, attacked and defended very well against a very strong determined Welsh girl launching explosive counter attacks to the body and head with great accuracy and huge success.
The Welsh champion had some success in the early part of the third round. However, Rachel’s dominance using excellent technique, good attacking and defensive skills, making the better and best decisions over the three rounds, gave the Portlaoise boxing prodigy a well earned victory.
Her win helped earn Ireland a hard fought deserving 8-7 contest victory over a very talented and gallant Welsh national boxing team.

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