Edenderry's 'Superman McCann' claims hat-trick of national kickboxing titles

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Edenderry's 'Superman McCann' claims hat-trick of national kickboxing titles

Edenderry's 'Superman McCann' claims hat-trick of national kickboxing titles

Luke McCann of Edenderry’s Team Hurricane, hit a hat trick of titles at the Irish Open in CityWest last week.

The Irish Open is the biggest and best fighting tournament in the world and with almost 2,000 competitors from 35 nations and 296 clubs taking their chance at success.

The event attracts some of the best fighters and coaches in the world with numerous individual champions attending. Those interested can watch a highlights package on Eir Sports tonight, Tuesday, March 19 at 7pm.

15-year-old Luke McCann, a Carbury native fighting out of the Edenderry-based Team Hurricane gym, was one of the star performers in 2019.

The Oaklands Colleges students turned up in excellent form and walked away with three trophies.

Having claimed numerous titles already in 2019, Luke took to the mats in Dublin to claim two titles on day one.

He took the Light Contact -57 Kg Older Cadet (U16) title by beating Greece, Hungary, Scotland and a fellow Irishman. Luke soon followed this up with the Junior (U19) Light Contact -57 Kg title beating Italy, France, Mexico and finally a Canadian in the final.

Luke stepped up to senior on Saturday but Friday's exertions had taken its toll plus a toe injury was impacting his movement and he lost heavily to current world champion Grigory Langavy from CSKA Moscow. Needless to say Grigory went on to win the section at ease.

Luke also had an outing in the Junior -57 Kg Point Fighting on Saturday but lost in the second round to Hungarian Dominic
Loos who won out the event with style.

Onto Sunday and with a relative rest day on Saturday the refreshed Luke took the Older Cadet -57 Kg Point Fighting title in style winning six fights in a row, beating GB, Norway, Italy and Hungary to advance to the semi-final where he had a tough fight against Dylan McClelland of Tallaght.

Andrew Aviles from the USA beat Dominik Loos in the other semi-final to set up a titanic battle for the coveted title.

From the outset Luke was by far the superior fighter and took victory on a 9-2 scoreline, making a little bit of history for Team Hurricane and Edenderry in the process.

The final capped 40 rounds of fighting over three days for this supreme athlete who claimed 17 wins from 19 fights.

Luke McCann has now won seven Irish Open titles in four years.

There were medals elsewhere for Team Hurricane throughout the weekend with Jay Daniels taking a bronze medal with Team Barrus (Italy) in the senior Team Event, Nathan Tait taking bronze in the Junior -63 Kg Point Fighting, Sarah Abourezk winning bronze in -37 Kg Point Fighting and Alex Keyes recording three victories, only to lose out in the final of the -32 Kg Point Fighting.

Further to that, there were plenty of individual wins for Team Hurricane fighters but no podium places this time for Ahmed and Lina Abourezk, Matilda Ferriday, Tyler Fetherston, Lauren Grant, Leah Grant, Ross Keyes, Orla McCann, Nathan Tait and Dylan
Whelan.

Team Hurricane finished joint 26th on the medal table of 296 clubs.