BY Jonny Stapleton
Jack Marley showed the nation what the fuss is all about in the National Stadium on Saturday night.
The Monkstown BC fighter was one of the standout performers on National Elite Championship Finals night, claiming the heavyweight crown in stylishly aggressive fashion.
The latest ‘Big Jack’ on the Irish sport scene won the first ever adult contest he entered, defeating Marcin Skalski by unanamious decision to beco me the second youngest amateur heavyweight in Irish amateur boxing history.
Marley threw bombs from the start, backing Skalski to the ropes and giving an early count as well as making Kenneth Egan purr in the analysis booth.
Not afraid to trade, the 18-year-old slugged to the body as the brave and bruised Skalski attempted to stay in there.
A doctor inspection at the end of the second for Skalski’s damaged eyes may have brought an end to the bout but it went into the third and Marley coasted his way to his first Elite title.
It will now be interesting to see whether or not the more established Kirill Afanasev, who withdrew from this tournament, or Marley gets selected for the World Championships which take place in Belgrade later this month.
Another teen to announce themselves on the senior scene on the biggest night in domestic amateur boxing was Eve Woods of Corinthians.