National Elite Championship Semi Final Latest

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Twenty two semi-finals will be decided  at the Irish Daily Star sponsored 2012 National Elite Championships at Dublin’s  National Stadium this Friday and Saturday.

Current European and Irish Elite light-heavyweight champion Joe  Ward opens his Irish defence in  a last-four meeting with Davey Joe Joyce  Friday.
The winner of the three-rounder – a repeat of the 2011  semi-final which Ward won 8-2 – will progress to face either Eamon  Walsh or Ken Egan – who clash Saturday – in the light-heavyweight  final.
Ward is one of two Moate BC (Co. Westmeath) boxers between  the ropes on Friday evening; Ken Okungbowa meets Con Sheehan, who is aiming  for his 5th successive title at two-different  weights.
Irish head coach Billy Walsh, meanwhile, believes that  Friday’s welterweight showdown between defending champion Adam  Nolan and Willie McLaughlin could go all the way down to the  wire.
He said: “Adam has grown in stature since the  Senior  Championships last year and Willie has made the top eight at the  World Championships and the top eight at the European Championships, It looks very, very  tight.”
London 2012 Olympians Michael Conlan and John Joe  Nevin are in action for the first time at the 2012 Championships Friday  versus Shane Roche and Sean McComb.
Kilkenny southpaw Darren O’Neill, who like Conlan and  Nevin has qualified for the 30th Olympiad, faces 2010 Olympic Test Event  silver medalist Conrad Cummings in the 75Kg semi-final in rematch of the 2011  semi-final which O’Neill won en route to claiming his third middleweight  title.
Hugh Myres and Evan Metcalfe go head-to-head in Friday’s  curtain raiser. The winner will trade leather with 2010 European  champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes, who has received a  bye, in the light-flyweight final on Friday week.
The St Michael’s Athy BC, meanwhile, will experience mixed  emotions on Saturday night despite being assured two boxers in the  60Kg and 69Kg finals.
Eric Donovan meets team-mate David Oliver Joyce in  the lightweight semi-final, and Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce is in  against Roy Sheahan in a second all St Michael’s Athy  last-four duel at welterweight.
“They (St Michael’s Athy) are guaranteed two  boxers in the finals, but unfortunately two of them are going to lose as well. It’s a long, long winding road to  qualification, added Billy Walsh, a seven-time Elite  champion.”
Boxing begins at 7pm on Friday and  Saturday.
The 2012 Elite Championships finals will be decided on Friday,  February 3rd at the National Stadium.
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2012 Elite  Championships National Stadium Dublin
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 Chamber  (Castlebar) v Michelle Lynch (Golden Gloves)
56Kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)  v Glenn Murray (Corinthians)
60Kg: Carla Wright (Gleann) W/O
60Kg: Eric  Donovan (St Michael’s Athy) v David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
64Kg:  Sarah Close (Holy Family GG) W/O
64Kg: Stephen Coughlan (Bray) v Martin Wall  (Crumlin)
60Kg: Patricia Roddy (Bray) v Claire Grace (Callan)
69Kg: Roy  Sheahan (St  Michael’s Athy) v John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75Kg:  Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) W/O
75Kg: Conor Coyle (St Jospehs) v Michael  Reilly (Holy Family)
81Kg: Lauragh O’Neill (Paulstown) W/O
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)

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