Teenage boxing sensation Gary Cully was honoured by both Naas Town Council and St. David’s Boxing Club at receptions in the town last week.
The club hosted a homecoming celebration and was this was followed by a parade from the club premises at Fairgreen to the town centre.
Gary was rightly lauded for his remarkable European achievement, but he won’t be resting on his laurels because more competitions are in the pipeline.
He grabbed the headlines on August 17 when he won the gold medal at the European Youth Boxing championships in Holland, defeating Masud Yusifzada of Azerbaijan in the flyweight final (52kg class) in Rotterdam.
On his way to the final, the Sarto Road lad accounted for Dmitrijs Zaharovs (Albania) in the opening round and then beat Belarus representative Dzimitry Asanau, before winning against Kirill Kuznetsov of Russia in the penultimate bout.
Better still, he was adjudicated the best boxer of the tournament ahead of more than 200 boxers, having become only the second ever Irish boxer to succeed at this tournament.
Gary does most of this training at the St. David’s Boxing Club, Naas under head coach Paul Archbold.