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Friday, 31 January, 2003, 09:19 GMT
Gillen shocks champion Lindsay
Martin Lindsay was the only NI fighter to win a bout at last year's Commonwealth Games
Martin Lindsay was no match for the Gillen's guile
Brian Gillen was the hero of the Smithwick's Ulster Amateur boxing finals on Thursday night.

The teenage southpaw boxed his way to the bantamweight title after out-pointing hot favourite Martin Lindsay.

Lindsay, the only Northern Ireland boxer to win a bout at the Commonweath Games, was going for his third title in succession.

But once the Holy Trinity boxer caught the champion with a left hook at the end of the first round, the writing was on the wall.

Stature

Lindsay had problem keeping up with the fleeted Gillen, an appretice joiner from Antrim.

Lindsay attempted to land the big hits, but continually walked into crisp shots to head and body.

Gillen grew in stature at the fight went on and his footwork often left Lindsay frustrated.

In the end, Gillen outscored his more experienced opponent 21-11, and was also awarded the Best Boxer award on the evening.

Meanwhile, Shaun McKim destroyed Holy Trinity's Barry Reilly to take the flyweight title.

McKim took control right from the first bell and danced his way to a comfortable 23-9 success to give his Abbey Club a rare success at the Championships.

Thumped

McKim also walked off with the Most Improved Young Boxer award.

In the super heavyweight category, Immaculata's Martin Rogan, the Irish intermediate champion, banged his way to victory over Tyrone rival Trevor Black.

The heavyweight decider was not as explosive as expected as defending champion Shane Curran from Enniskillen thumped Holy Trinity's Conall Carmichael 22-7.

The new featherweight champion is Raymond Kane who defeated Willie Mitchell 22-12.

Irish national champion Paul McCloskey from Dungirvan had the better of Ballymena's Dermot Hamill in the light welterweight final with a 16-4 victory.

Light flyweight Paul Baker and lightweight Andrew Murray had no sweat in collecting titles after walkovers.

Fight results
Light fly - Paul Baker (Immaculata) wo
Flyweight - Barry Riley (Holy Trinity) lost to Shaun McKim (Abbey) 23-9
Bantamweight - Brian Gillen (Holy Trinity) bt Martin Lindsay (Immaculata) 21-11
Featherweight - Raymond Kane (Bishop Kelly) bt William Mitchell (Shamrock) 22-12
Lightweight - Andrew Murray (Cavan) wo
Light welterweight - Paul McCloskey (St Canice's) bt Dermot Hamill (All Saints) 16-4
Welterweight - Joe Harkin (Dunfanaghy) lost to T J Hamill (All Saints) 20-15
Middleweight - Eamonn O'Kane (St Canice's) bt Terry McDermott (Bishop Kelly) 12-4
Light heavyweight - Brian Ferry (Dunfanaghy) lost to Patrick Smith (Keady) 64-58 (on countback)
Heavyweight - Shane Curran (Enniskillen) lost to Conall Carmichael (Holy Trinity) 22-7
Super heavyweight - Trevor Black (Mark Heagney) lost to Martin Rogan (Immaculata).

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New champion Brian Gillen
''It's very hard to take in that I'm champion''
Flyweight winner Sean McKim
''It's an honour to get my name on the list''
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01 Jan 03 | N Ireland
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