Elite Championship Finals report

IABA Press Release-Dublin southpaw Ken Egan beat Antrim’s Stephen Ward as the Unseeded Open Elite Competition concluded with nine finals at the National Stadium in Dublin today.

Egan, who has moved up from light-heavyweight to heavyweight, beat the 2010 Commonwealth Games silver-medalist 13-5 at the home of Irish boxing.
Elite flyweight champ Michael Conlon got proceedings underway with a 15-8 verdict over Ruairi Dalton in an all Belfast 54Kg decider.
Tyrone McCullagh, a bronze medal winner at the 2010 European Championships in Moscow, had his hand raised in victory at the expense of the hard-working Danny Coughlan, while multiple Irish champ
David Oliver Joyce had ten points to spare over Mark O’Hara in the lightweight class.

Current Elite light-welterweight champ Ross Hickey, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 European Championships in Liverpool, had to come from behind to see off the challenge of Sony Upton of the Holy Family BC in Belfast.

O’Reilly, who also won the boxer of the tournament award in Germany after going through various eastern European opponents for a short cut, piled on the pressure in the third, but two-time Elite and 2007 European Union champ Sheehan showed his experienced to seal a 14-10 win.

The middleweight honours went to 2009 European Youth champ Jason Quigley following a 23-16 victory over Stephen O’Reilly in an all Donegal 75Kg duel.

2008 World Youth bronze medalist Davey Joe Joyce, meanwhile, beat 2010 World Military Games silver medalist Pa O’Shea.

Con Sheehan, the reigning heavyweight champion who has moved up to super-heavyweight, brought the curtain down on today’s final with a 17-7 win over Sean Turner.
World and European lightweight champ Katie Taylor and Sinead Kavanagh were included on today’s programme against Dutch opponents

Taylor, who beat Sweden’s Helena Falk in Bray on Thursday night, recorded a landslide 22-4 win over Vandellen Willeke, but Kavanagh lost out 17-10 to Fontyn Nouchka.

Dutch boxing legend, Arnie Vanderlyde, who claimed three Olympic bronze medals, two World silver medals and three European gold medals betwen 1984 and 1992, was working Holland’s corner today.

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