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Katie taylor heading to the white house

Katie Taylor’s coach and dad Peter confirmed that the AIBA World and European lightweight champion has been invited to the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

Taylor is due to take part in a tournament in the Czech Republic next week and will return to Ireland on 14 March before flying out to Washington.

She will also compete in a special bout on the Elite National Senior Men’s and inaugural Women’s Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin this Friday night.

Taylor, who is also the current European Union champion, received a walkover at the Championships. Her international opponent for Friday’s special bout will be confirmed shortly.

For ticket information contact Carla at the National Stadium at (01) 454 3525 or (01) 453 3371.


Elite National Men’s and inaugural Women’s Championships

Sports fans are advised that tickets are still on sale for Friday and Saturday’s Irish Daily Star sponsored Elite National Men’s and inaugural Women’s Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.

The upcoming finals will feature two Olympic medalists (Ken Egan and Paddy Barnes), two World champions (Katie Taylor and Ray Moylette), one European Youth champion (Jason Quigley) three European Union champions (Con Sheehan, Darren O’Neill and David Oliver Joyce) and one European Senior Championships bronze medalist (John Joe Joyce).

Defending bantamweight champion John Joe Nevin, who claimed a historic bronze medal at the 2009 AIBA World Senior Championships in Milan, will also feature as well as defending champions, Barnes, Eric Donovan, Willie McLaughlin, O’Neill, Egan, and Sheehan.
Tickets are priced at €30, €40 and €50. Sports fans purchasing tickets for Friday’s finals can avail of a discount for Saturday’s finals. For ticket information contact Carla at the National Stadium at (01) 454 3525 or (01) 453 3371


Darren Sutherland – Tragic Loss of an Irish Hero

HUNDREDS of tributes have rolled in all week as Irish sport lost one of its most outstanding talents.

Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland passed away on Monday afternoon at his home in Bromley in London at the age of just 27.

He was very much a son of Dublin 15. After a childhood spent traversing between London and his father’s native St Vincent, Sutherland eventually settled in Mulhuddart at age seven.

There, he was schooled in the Dublin 15 area at Ladyswell for primary education before moving to Riversdale in Corduff for secondary school.

And it was from this point he was discovered, at the relatively late age of 15, at the St Brigid’s club.

His talent was immediately obvious, soon causing famed trainer Brendan Ingle to take the young fighter to his Sheffield-based gym.

An offer of professional terms was on the table but, after four years with Ingle, Darren felt he needed an education to fall back should his dream of turning professional falter.

He returned to Dublin to take the Leaving Certificate at the age of 20, achieving top grades which enabled him to take up a place in DCU’s well-respected sports science degree course.

In that time, he was able to combine his studies with training, joining up with the St Saviours’s club on Dorset Street.
The combination worked perfectly for his progression in the sport as Darren developed his skills to pick up three Irish senior titles, two European Union gold medals and numerous Multi Nation gold medals boxing for Ireland in the middleweight ranks.

He also reached the last 16 at the 2005 and 2007 AIBA World Senior Championships.

Those successes all culminated in an incredible 2008 when, after graduating from his degree, he qualified for the Beijing Olympics with a rousing performance in the last qualifying tournament in Athens.

The pinnacle was reached when he fought his way past Algerian and Venezuelan opponents to reach the last four in Beijing, guaranteeing him a bronze medal.

This was his moment, entering the greater Irish public’s hearts with his laid-back charm and welcoming disposition – a rarity among the machismo and bravado that normally accompanies his sport.

Darren had long since confirmed the Olympics would be his last amateur tournament, and signed professional terms with Frank Maloney in the wake of the Games.

A thrilling first-round victory over Georgi Iliev in front of a rapturous crowd in DCU – three minutes walk from his college digs – in his first professional bout, just prior to last Christmas, heralded a new chapter.

Three equally comprehensive wins followed on English soil but he was not to be seen in the ring in Ireland again.

He will be sadly missed.


Darren Sutherland – An Obituary

I was barely in the door of the Gazette when I was first asked to put a call in to Darren Sutherland.

Being from Blanchardstown I knew who he was, but I had never spoken to him. When he picked up the phone I was shocked by what I found. Being a little wet behind the ears, I didn’t expect a boxer who was as intelligent, bright, articulate and engaging as Darren. He was happy to talk to us in the Gazette, apologising profusely when training or other commitments precluded him from having a word with us and always looking for an opportunity to take the time to talk.

Anyone I encountered who ever had any dealings with “The Dazzler” found him the same. Accomodating to a fault, friendly and easy-going, Darren was always an absolute pleasure to deal with, always eager to talk about his successes, be they in the ring, or on his favourite Pro Evolution Soccer on the XBox.

What will no doubt be remembered as his finest hour was supposed to be the beginning of the story. As early as last July, Sutherland was looking towards a pro career. He knew his strength and inside ability would be better served in the professional ranks, but he also knew he wanted to pick up an Olympic medal.

He took a bronze home, losing out to eventual gold medallist and long-time rival, James De Gale, and was rightly greeted home as a hero on his return to Dublin.

But he was only getting started: December 18 was an arrival on the big stage. A first-round win over Georgi Iliev in DCU was both a homecoming and a farewell. Sutherland fought in front of a crowd in the University he had studied Sports Science in and it was to be his final fight on Irish soil. He would win three more fights, but now he will never return to the National Stadium, where he enjoyed so much success, or the brighter lights of the O2 and beyond.

In the last big piece I did on Darren, I wrote: “Darren Sutherland will be a champion. If not in Beijing, then as a pro.”

We never did get to see him become a pro champion. But Darren Sutherland was already a champion, both in the ring and more importantly, outside of it.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Paul Hosford, Sports Reporter


Darren Sutherland found dead in London

It was with immense sadness that we learned this evening of the death of Darren Sutherland.

He was found by his manager, Frank Moloney, in his flat in Bromley, south London, where he had been living for the past year, training for his next professional fight under the tutelage of the veteran promoter.

His career looked set to take off, having recorded four impressive victories since turning pro after his return from Beijing, where he won a well-deserved bronze medal at the Olympic Games.

The Gazette had long followed and supported Darren in his development into a promising and talented professional boxer. A genial, warm, intelligent and down-to-earth young man, his loss is tragic, and the greatest sadness, in a sporting sense, is that we will never see him achieve the heights in the sport that his undoubted abilities would have propelled him to.

That sadness, however, does not compare to the loss of a young life. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

RIP, Dazzler.


Egan out of World Championships

Clondalkin’s Olympic silver medallist, Ken Egan, disappointingly made his exit from the World Boxing Championships in Milan after he was beaten 17-9 in his bout against France’s Abdelkader Bouhenia.

Egan lost the second round of the contest heavily, 7-1, having kept things tight in the first. The final round was a formality with too much ground for the Neilstown man to make up.

After the fight, Egan said: “This is my first major championships since Beijing. I am very disappointed but it is not the end of me by a long shot. I’ll still be campaigning for Korea (World Championships) in two years time.”


Egan back to winning ways in Odense

Ken-Egan-TrainingNeilstown man Ken Egan is guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the EU Amateur Boxing Championships in Denmark after chalking up the Ireland team’s fifth win in five fights in Odense last night.

In the first round, Egan beat Romanian light heavyweight  Constantin Bejenaru,  18-4, in a repeat of the 2007 EU final which Egan won in Dublin, and followed that up with victory over Sweden’s Eric Skoglund, 10-6, in his 81kg quarter-final on Tuesday night.

Egan will meet Hungary’s Imre Szello in Thursday’s semi-finals.