THERE was boxing gold in Ireland for 14-year-old Cowley student Ciara Hodnett who kicked off her season in style in the Esker Box Cup Dublin.

She was part of an 11-strong team representing the North West at Women’s Warriors.

The 60kg Wildcard teenager had it all to do, losing the first round in her semi final on Saturday.

Hodnett pulled it back with a fantastic display of pure boxing almost stopping her opponent to gain a split decision win earning her a place in the final the next day.

Sunday’s final against current and three-time all Ireland champion Katie Rock was a ‘who wants it more affair’.

Having got a bye into the final the fresh Dublin girl went straight to war but was met head on by the Parr warrior in a match that went the distance and gained in intensity.

Hodnett’s cleaner shots and power proved enough to take the split decision and gold medal.