Underage sensation Michael Nevin took a count against the nuclear-punching Gerard French but recovered to take a win and set up a middleweight final with Brett McGinty, who overcame Kelyn Cassidy.
At heavyweight in the battle to take over from Darren O’Neill, Kevin Sheehy overcame the game Liam Greene, while Kiril Afanasev impressively stopped Jason Barron
The closest fights of the night came at light heavyweight with Brian Kennedy and Caoimhin Hynes proceeding to the finals, claiming wins over Karol Blugosz and last year’s runner-up Tony Browne respectively.
In the closig bout of the session, defending super heavyweight champion Martin Keenan set up a final against Dean Gardiner – a repeat of their infamous box-off last Summer – with a win over James McDonnell.
There were also wins for Shannon Sweeney, Carol Coughlan, Ciara Ginty, and defending welterweight champion Grainne Walsh.
The finals take place at the National Stadium next Saturday, with live coverage on RTÉ
2018 National Elite Men’s and Women’s Championships National Stadium Dublin
Saturday February 17th (7pm)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes) beat Courtney Daly (Crumlin) 5-0
48kg Carol Coughlan (Monkstown D) beat Megan Doyle (Whitechurch) 5-0
57kg Michaela Walsh (Mokstown A) W/O Tiegan Russell (Fr Horgans)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) beat Ciara Sheedy (Ardnaree) 5-0
69kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala) beat Gillian Duffy (Bray) 4-1
75kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) beat Kelyn Cassidy (Savious Crystal) 4-1
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) beat Gerard French (Clonard Antrim) 5-0
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys Daingean) beat Karol Blugosz (Scorpion) 4-1
81kg Caomhin Agyarko Hynes (Holy Trinity) beat Tony Browne (St Michaels Dub) 3-2
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis) beat Liam Greene (South Meath) 4-1
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield) beat Jason Barron (Holy Trinity) RSC3
91+kg Martin Keenan (Rathkeale) beat John McDonnell (Crumlin) 5-0