Local girl Rebecca Gorman has proven yet again that Clann Naofa Boxing Academy still has that magic touch when it comes to producing and nurturing, talented diligent, and dexterous boxers.
Rebecca’s recent impressive displays in two international boxing tournaments, beating international champions on both occasions has further solidified Clann Naofa’s steadfast position among the elite of Irish boxing clubs.
In her first international against Poland, Rebecca beat the Polish champion B Nirdizie 3-0 in a lively contest held in Belfast four weeks ago.
This win set the path for Rebecca’s latest outing when she was selected to represent Ireland again, against an English select in London on March 7. Her opponent this time was 54Kg ABA English champion Jade Toogood who is also the current Youth Champion.
Demonstrating Clann Naofa’s training style and dogged determination from the opening bell, Rebecca set upon her opponent in an aggressive manner.
Toe to toe, Rebecca hurled body and head shots at her English opponent who instantaneously began retreating, boxing off the back foot as Gorman relentlessly walked her down and increased the tempo with every passing minute of the round.
As each succeeding round only served to reverberate more mightily the pattern of the first, it was unequivocally evident that Clann Naofa’s engaging style was too much for her opponent.
Toogood had no solution to the typical aggressive calibre and punching power of Rebecca.
An easy decision, Rebecca overwhelmingly won the contest with a final result of 3-0, assisting Ireland in achieving its 4-3 win over England.
Despite Toogood being older and more experienced in the boxing arena, Rebecca’s personal determination and dedication to her club saw her emerge as the victor.
Rebecca is the latest find for this emerging and energetic club who have now produced six Irish girl champions: Elisha O’Grady (54Kg); Evelyn Igharo (48KG); Shauna O’Callaghan (57KG); Naomi O’Callaghan (75Kg); Catherine O’Grady (48KG) and now Rebecca Gorman (54KG).
Rebecca’s very proud father, Johnny Gorman, openly praised the Clann Naofa club in how they have trained and fine-tuned Rebecca in her preparation for these competitions.
“The Clann Naofa coaches know what they are on about”, remarked Johnny.
“When she first came to Clann Naofa, she was no more than a novice boxer, but her coaches have made her work hard and the results are paying off. I thank them very much for the dedication and time they put into Beccy.”
Next up for the Clann Naofa champions is a very significant and historical event as Clann Naofa has been nominated to host one of the most prestigious Irish boxing events on the calendar,
The Leinster Girl Championships 1-2-3-4-5-6.
This will be held in their clubhouse in Muirhevnamor, commencing on April 12 and 13, with finals taking place on April 19.
The club hope that their other Irish girl champions all retain their titles and make this a commemorative occasion, as this is the first time in history that The Leinster Championships reside in Clann Naofa Dundalk.
“This is another first for Clann Naofa,” stated head coach Jim O’Neill.
“It took hard work to get the championships here so let’s hope our girl boxers help make this a big event for us by again winning their titles and proudly flying our flag amidst the top clubs in Ireland.”