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Kane can Rule Commonwealth

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Kane can Rule Commonwealth thumbnailKANE Tucker with the Bahamas national flag after the 17-year-old was selected to box for Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Youth Games in July.

NEWRY'S Kane Tucker will represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

The 17-year-old boxer has continued to impress and was the first selected onto the Commonwealth team.

Kane had just returned from a High Performance camp in Germany when he received the news and the former St Joseph's High School student isn't going there to make up the numbers.

“Obviously it would be a dream come true if I won gold and that's what I have to aim for, but considering I am going a year early I just have to give it my best and see where that takes me," said Kane.

At 17-years-old, Kane will the youngest boxer on the Irish team and one of the youngest at the Games and he is excited to be on the plane.

“I am delighted that I got chosen, we worked very hard in Germany and while I felt confident I would get picked I couldn't be too sure until I got the call," said Kane.

Dad Barry Tucker was bursting with pride but he insisted it isn't the medals that make him proud of his talented boxing sons Kane and Jake, but the dedication they have shown.

“They both have put in tremendous efforts over the years and to an extent they have lost some of their childhood, for example, if friends were calling at the door looking them to go outside and have a kick about or whatever, they were usually too busy training," said Barry Tucker.

“It is their discipline that I admire most because I couldn't have done it at that age and I just hope that they are starting to reap the benefits of the hard work they have put in."

It's true; the Tucker brothers have lived and breathed boxing. They joined Newry's St John Bosco Club at the age of 6 where they received a great foundation in boxing through the tutelage of Tony (Mongo) Patterson. In recent years they have grown in stature under the guidance of Mickey Hawkins at the famous Holy Trinity Club in Belfast.

Jake and Kane won National titles in March and it was Kane's convincing win at the Dublin National Stadium that helped book his seat on the flight to the Bahamas. The selection process also involved a training trip to Germany and an intense three-week course hosted by the Ulster High Performance team.

Kane's boxing technique was examined in week one, while his fitness and diet were reviewed in the second week, and the third week consisting of sparing. Kane impressed in all three and cemented his place on the plane.

The Democrat spoke to Holy Trinity and former Irish Olympic coach Mickey Hawkins in February and back then he predicted Kane would be favourite to go the Bahamas and also said: "People can talk about being mentality and physically prepared.

But there is a difference between talking and being the real thing and they are the real deal at the minute and if they keep on the course they are going then they are destined for big things, there is no doubt about it," said Hawkins.

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