IRVINE TARGETS EUROPEAN AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Brendan Irvine (red) and Thomas McCarthy

Brendan Irvine (red) and Thomas McCarthy

Three-time Elite champion Brendan Irvine admits that being an Olympian has its own pressures at an Irish Elite tournament.

The Antrim stylist, who represented Ireland at Rio 2016 where he was beaten by the eventual gold medallist and Val Barker Male Boxer of the Games winner, Uzbekistan’s Shahobiddin Zoirov, claimed his third successive Irish title at the expense of Cork prospect Thomas McCarthy at the National Stadium last Friday.

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AIBA AND WBA MEET IN TAIPEI

gloves Dr CK WU, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), and Gilberto Mendoza, President of the WBA, a pro boxing body, met in Taipei over the weekend to establish a framework for common projects.

“This was an important moment for two organisations with shared principles and goals on many subjects, said CK Wu.

“As boxing’s only IOC-recognised body, AIBA has well-established education programmes and research across twelve commissions of experts to share with the boxing world. Equally, as we continue to expand our own professional competitions, with Season VII of WSB having recently begun, we can work with WBA to explore new markets and bring even more benefits to our athletes, the fans and the boxing family as a whole.”

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QUOTES FROM 2017 ELITE FINALS

 KURT WALKER 5 “Everybody can dream, and if you work hard enough and train hard enough, it may come true.” (Martin Keenan)

“I’m looking forward (after her final) to a big juicy burger and a milkshake.” (Kellie Harrington)

“I gave it my heart, gave it everything. He’s an Olympian. I’ll be back bigger and better.” (Thomas McCarthy)

“That means I’m the best in Ireland no matter what. Last year I beat the flyweight champion, now I beat the light-flyweight champion so I’ve beaten two champions in the finals.” (Kurt Walker)

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ELITE FINALS RESULTS

Dean Walsh accepts the Best Boxer Award from IABA President Pat Ryan

Dean Walsh accepts the Best Boxer Award from IABA President Pat Ryan

Please scroll down for all results from the National Elite Men’s and Women’s Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium.

The All-Ireland champions of 2017 emerged last evening after 16 pulsating bouts at the home of Irish boxing.

London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill and World Elite finalist Kellie Harrington improved to seven titles apiece, and Rio Olympians Brendan Irvine and Joe Ward accepted their third and fifth belts.

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