A Great weekend’s boxing in store as the Irish Daily Star sponsored Elite 2013 National Championships resume at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight with seventeen men’s and women’s semi-finals being decided.
A further session of women’s finals and men’s semi-finals will be take place on Saturday evening. Boxing begins at 7pm on both Friday and Saturday.
So what is in store for boxing enthusiasts to night? First let us look at the Women’s semi-finals – women’s boxing in Ireland has come on in ‘leaps and bounds’ in recent years.
Of course that is to a very large extent due to the phenomenal success of Katie Taylor but let us not forget that there are some excellent women boxers, Katie apart, as these championships will prove.
Lynne McEnery-O’Shea who boxes out of the St Paul’s Club in Waterford is a two time world and three time European Kick-boxing champion and tonight sets out seeking a fourth Irish title at 48kg. The 32 years old ,grew up in the St John’s Park area of Waterford City and after winning a grand total of 11 World or European medals quit the sport.
She has also won the prestigious Haringey Box Cup title in London twice and only last month was voted best boxer of the tournament when taking the boras Box Cup crown in Sweden. Tonight she faces off against 17 years old Hannah Carthy from Paulstown, one of Ireland’s brightest young future talents but it would be a ‘big surprise’ if Hannah were to win this time round though her turn will surely come in next year or two.
Another fascinating clash tonight will see Alanna Audley Murphy take on Kelly Harrington of the Corinthians club, already a three time Irish champion and who has been a regular in Ireland’s women’s international squad for several years. Alanna of course shares with Katie Taylor, the distinction of having fought in the first ever sanctioned women’s boxing bout in Ireland back on October 31st 2001 when the then 16 years old Alanna Audley fought a gallant fight but lost 23-12 against then 15 years old Ms Taylor.
Twelve years on, Taylor and Audley-Murphy remain close friends and in the intervening period, Alanna who is married and lives in Surrey, has annexed the English ABA title on three occasions. So a great fight too can be expected when Kelly meets Alanna tonight. The winners of this year’s women’s Elite will also be hoping to gain selection for the only major i9nternational championships of 2013, that for the European Union title in Hungary in late June, so not just only Irish titles at stake this weekend and next.
Watch out too for the meeting at 54kg of Dervla Duffy, the Monaghan born, Ryston-based Irish international and young Christine Gargan of the St George’s Club in Belfast. Dervla has enjoyed much success too in international club tournaments and has won a Haringey Box Cup gold on three occasions whilst Christine Gargan first came to the notice of Irish boxing fans when talking silver at the 2010 European Junior championships in Calais-Sangatte.
Insofar as the men are concerned, Irish Olympians Michael Conlan and Adam Nolan will be back between the ropes seeking to edge a step close toward claiming a third successive title apiece.
The London 2012 duo face Holy Trinity’s Ruairi Dalton and Castleisland’s Brian Brosnan in the Irish Daily Star sponsored flyweight and welterweight semi-finals.
Conlan, a bronze medal winner at the 30th Olympiad, and Dalton need no introduction. They’ve met four times in the past and Conlan has won all four.
Wexford-born Nolan, who has Katie Taylor’s dad and coach Pete Taylor and his brother Darren, an ex-Irish champion, working his corner, recorded a last-eight victory over Petru Ursu in the welterweight class last Saturday.
Former Irish Elite champions Willie McLaughlin and Beijing 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce clash in the corresponding welterweight semi-final on Saturday evening.
“I was happy enough with my win last weekend in my first fight back since the Olympics. We’re at the semi-finals stage now and it is going to get a lot tougher from here on in.,” said Nolan.
Defending champions Ross Hickey and Tommy McCarthy are in against Waterford’s Rohan Date and Limerick’s Kris Sikora in the light-welter and heavyweight semi-finals.
Current European light-welterweight champion Ray Moylette meets Sean Duffy, while Jason Quigley, who edged out London 2012 Olympian and defending middleweight champion Darren O’Neill on a count back last weekend, faces McComb’s Holy Trinity BC Belfast team-mate Conrad Cummings.
Friday, February 15th (7pm) – schedule.
W48kg: Hannah Carthy (Paulstown) v Lynne McEnery-O’Shea (St Pauls)
W48kg: Maeve Clarke (Ballinacarrow) v Emma Duffy (Crumlin)
49kg: Hugh Myers (Ryston) v Adam Courtney (St Marys)
52kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) v Ruairi Dalton (Holy Trinity)
W54kg: Dervla Duffy (Ryston) v Christine Gargan (St Georges)
W57kg: Joanne Lambe (Carrickmacross) v Lindsey Doyle (Gorey)
56kg: Declan Geraghty (Crumlin) v Derek Thorpe (St Aidans)
60kg: Eric Donovan (St Michaels Athy) v Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
W64kg: Alanna Audley-Murphy (Eastside) v Kelly Harrington (Corinthians)
64kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon) v Rohan Date (St Pauls)
64kg: Sean Duffy (Holy Trinity) v Ray Moylette (St Annes)
W69kg: Claire Grace (Callan) v Joanna Barclay (Holy Family)
W69kg: Louise Claire Sweetman (Palmerstown) v Laoise Traynor (Bray)
69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray) v Brian Brosnan (Crumlin)
75kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley) v Conrad Cummings (Holy Trinity)
91kg: Thomas McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) v Kris Sikora (St Francis)
91+kg: Sean Turner (Drimnagh) v Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
A reminder that tickets are now on sale for the Elite Championships Finals Night at the National Stadium on Friday, February 22nd.
To purchase tickets contact the National Stadium on (01) 454 3525 or (01) 453 3371
Finals tickets can also be purchased at the Elite Championships semi-finals at the National Stadium this Friday and Saturday.
Ticket Prices: Elite 2013 National Championships S/Finals February 15th/16th (available at the door):
U/14/Student with ID/OAPs: €10
Ticket Prices: Elite 2013 National Championships Finals February 22nd (pre-book – this is likely to be a sell-out)