Five Elite belts headed West overnight from Dublin’s National Stadium  – and the Best Male Boxer Award, the second successive year it has gone to Galway courtesy of Gabriel Dossen this weekend and Kieran Molloy in 2018.

Meantime, Antrim’s Michaela Walsh claimed title number 8 in the feather class last night and is honing in on Ken Egan’s and Jim O’Sullivan’s record of ten belts each.

Feather is one of the new Olympic weights for women, and Walsh, a European Elite medallist and two-time Commonwealth finalist. reckons the rest of 2019 is going to be exciting.

“I thought I had a great performance. It was great to be back, and a great start to what is going to be an amazing year,” said the former World Youth medallist.

(Pictures courtesy of Paddy Gallagher)


Five titles heading west – Dossen, Molloy, Hession, O’Rourke and O’Toole

Michaela Walsh


Four titles going to Galway

Kieran Molloy with his backroom team

Kieran Molloy with his dad Stephen after retaining his 69kg title

Adam Hession is the new 52kg Elite champion

Adam Hession jumps for joy

Everyone wants to talk to new Elite champion Patryk Adamus (with John Stapleton)