Irish boxing is still reeling from the shock of discovering that European Gold medallist and World no 8 ranked Ray Moylette is almost certainly out of the Olympics as a result of his unexpected defeat at the hands of Crumlin’s Martin Wall in the opening round of the Irish Elite Championships.Any major surprises likely this weekend?
Current European and Irish Elite light-heavyweight champion Joe Ward will open his Irish title defence with a semi-final meeting against Davey Joe Joyce at the National Stadium on Friday.
The winner will advance to face either Ken Egan or Eamon Walsh in the 81Kg final. Walsh and Egan clash on Saturday.
London 2012 Olympians Michael Conlan and John Joe Nevin will both in action on Friday. Conlan faces Shane Roche and Nevin is in against Sean McComb.
The St Michael’s Athy BC are guaranteed to have two boxers in the 60Kg and 69Kg finals.
Eric Donovan meets team-mate David Oliver Joyce – and if it is anything like their last classic meeting it will be worth the entrance fee alone – in the lightweight semi-final and Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce faces Roy Sheahan in a second all St Michael’s Athy last-four duel at welterweight.
Another great bout in prospect when reigning champion Ross Hickey meets Willie McLaughlin of the Illies GG in the 64kg semi-final whilst in the women’s 69kg event, well worth seeing the contest between Callan’s Clare Grace (a medallistat the 2010 European Youth Championships in Calais) and Bray’s Patricia Roddy,who defeated her clubmate Laoise Traynor last weekend.
Boxing begins at 7pm on both Friday and Saturday.
2012 Elite Championships
Friday January 27th S/Finals (7pm)
49Kg: Hugh Myres (Ryston) v Evan Metcalfe (Crumlin)
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) v Shane Roche (Corinthians)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Marys) v Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family GG)
64Kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon) v Niall Murray (Gorey)
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Bray) v Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) v Conrad Cummings (Holy Trinity)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) v David Joe Joyce (Ballinacargy)
91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) v Stephen Ward (Monkstown)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) v Ken Okungbowa (Moate)
Saturday January 28th S/Finals (7pm)
51Kg: Emma Duffy Crumlin) v Ceire Smith (Cavan)
52Kg: Chris Phelan (Ryston) v Ruairi Dalton (Holy Trinity)
54Kg: Michelle Chambers (Castlebar) v Michelle Lynch (Golden Gloves)
56Kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) v Glenn Murray (Corinthians)
60Kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy) v David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s
64Kg: Stephen Coughlan (Bray) v Martin Wall (Crumlin)
69Kg: Patricia Roddy (Bray) v Clare Grace (Callan)
69Kg: Roy Sheahan (St Michael’s Athy) v John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75Kg: Conor Coyle (St Jospehs) v Michael Reilly (Holy Family)
81Kg: Eamon Walsh (St Annes) v Ken Egan (Neilstown)
91Kg: Patrick Corcoran (Crumlin) v Christy Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
91+Kg: Sean Turner (Drimnagh) v David Joyce (Moate)