JP Hale and Colm Murphy, pictured in action last weekend, meet for a second time in six days at the National U/22 finals at the National Stadium on Friday night.

Both men served up the proverbial thriller at the Ulster Hall in the Ulster Elite finals last Saturday in a bout hailed as one of the best of the Championships.

They go head-to-head from bantamweight gold on Friday with Hale holding the advantage from their recent featherweight final courtesy of a 4-1 split decision.

Niamh Early, Paddy Donovan, Gabriel Dossen, Kevin Sheehy, AIBA World No. 8 Amy Broadhurst and Aoife O’Rourke are the defending champions  at the home of Irish boxing.

Broadhurst, the current European U/22 titlist who was unlucky not to win at least bronze at the AIBA World Elites in New Delhi last November, faces Isobella Hughes for lightweight gold.

Dossen is in against John Joe Nevin in a three rounder which Dossen’s coach, Mike Mongan, reckons will be a cracking encounter.

Dossen, a former World Youth bronze medallist, has been sparring with Elite champion Kieran Molloy, pictured below, ahead of Friday’s final at the Stadium.

Early, a former World Junior medallist, meets Caitlin Fryers and Limerick pair Sheehy and Donovan face Thomas Maughan and Aaron Daly.

O’Rourke, who reached the European U/22 final in Romania last April, aims for her second successive U/22 belt versus Castlebar BC middle Renee Roche.

Meanwhile, all finalists at next Friday’s National U/22 finals are advised to bring their passports to the National Stadium for the weigh-ins.

The weigh-ins will be held between 8am and 9am and 12pm and 1pm at the Stadium.

The IABA is using the National U/22s as part of the selection process for the European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships in Vladikavka, Russia (March 8/18).

National Men’s and Women’s U/22 Championships National Stadium Dublin

January 25

Finals (6.30pm)

48kg Ciara Walsh (Smithfield) V Courtney Daly Crumlin)
49kg Jack O’Neill (Corpus Christi) V Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata) V Niamh Early (Ryston)
52kg Mark Corcoran (Corinthians) V Adam Hession (Monivea)
54kg Orinta Ringyte (Riverstown) W/O
56kg Colm Murphy (St Georges) V John Paul Hale (Star)
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthonys) W/O
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) V Isobella Hughes (Mount Tallant)
60kg Patryk Adamus (Drimnagh) V David O Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa) W/O
64kg Matthew McCole (Dungloe) V Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg Clodagh Greene (Crumlin) V Elice Elliott (South Meath)
69kg Aaron Daly (Castlebar) V Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Renee Roche (Castlebar) V Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)
75kg John Joe Nevin (Crumlin) V Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
81kg Sean Conroy (Castlebar) V Kelyn Cassidy (St Saviours/Crystal)
81+kg Nell Fox (Rathkeale) W/O
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis) V Thomas Maughan (Cavan)
91+kg Luke Hall (Crumlin) V Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles)

January 12


56kg Colm Murphy (St Georges) beat Cian Doyle (Crumlin) 5-0
56kg John Paul Hale (Star) beat Sean Purcell (Enniskerry) 3-2
60kg Patryk Adamus (Drimnagh) beat Yannick Meseke (Olympic) 5-0
60kg David O Joyce (Ballymun) beat Dominic Bradley (Errigal) 5-0
64kg Matthew McCole (Dungloe) beat Terry McEntee (Old School) 5-0
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands) beat Michael Avetisian (Swords) 4-1
69kg Aaron Daly (Castlebar) beat Michael Kinsella (St Anthonys/St Pats) 5-0
69kg Patrick Donovan (O.L.O.L.) W/O
75kg John Joe Nevin (Crumlin) beat Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.) 5-0
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) beat Jason Harty (Rathkeale) 5-0
81kg Sean Conroy (Castlebar) beat Rhys Moran (St Pauls W) 3-2
81kg Kelyn Cassidy (St Saviours/Crystal) beat Thomas O’Toole (Celtic Eagles) 3-2
91+kg Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles) beat James Clarke (Crumlin) 3-0

January 11


56kg Cian Doyle (Crumlin) beat Kane Marshall (Emerald A) 5-0
60kg David O Joyce (Ballymun) W/O
60kg Dominic Bradley (Errigal) beat Lee McKee (Star) 5-0
64kg Matthew McCole (Dungloe) beat Padraig Convery (Holy Family Drogheda) 5-0
64kg Terry McEntee (Old School) beat Stephen Lockhart (Baldoyle) RSC3
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands) beat Shane Flavin (Paulstown) 5-0
64kg Michael Avetisian (Swords) W/O
81kg Thomas O’Toole (Celtic Eagles) W/O


51kg Niamh Early (Ryston) beat Nycole Hayes (Togher) 5-0
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Delagan) beat Jennifer Lehane (D.C.U.) 5-0
60kg Isobella Hughes (Mount Tallant) beat Aisling Murray (Muskerry) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) beat Lauren Kelly (St Brigid’s,Edenderry) 5-0