Current Irish Elite champion Jude Gallagher meets Colm Murphy in the last-eight of the Ulster Elite Championships at the Devenish Complex in Belfast tonight.
The Two Castles BC man claimed his first Irish Elite belt at flyweight in November just a few weeks after his 18th birthday and also scooped the Best Male Boxer Award.
He’s now moved up a notch to 57kg for his three-rounder with the St George’s BC stand out.
“This is a good time for me to move up in weight and go into these Ulster Elites, Gallagher told today’s Irish News.
“I know I’ll be strong enough and I’ll use everything to my advantage from moving up – my speed, my skill, and I do still have the power for 57. I’m as big as any 57, so it won’t make a big difference.”
Meanwhile, coach Gerry Storey expects brothers Rory and Ryan Lavery to shine at the flagship tournament of Ulster boxing,
The Warrenpoint siblings are both in action tonight versus Monkstown’s Darryl Clarke and Star’s Lee McKee this evening.
“The two boys have been with us a few years now, and they’re coming on well,” said Storey.
“Rory fought James McGivern in the semi-final last year and gave him a great fight. He’s improved since then so hopefully, he can show what he can do.
“Everybody wants to try and get to the Ulster Hall – that’s the big prize. That’s why, for me, the Ulster seniors is still special. I still get a real kick out of it.”
A second session will be decided on Thursday night at the Devenish Complex.
The Ulster Elite finals will be decided at the Ulster Hall next Tuesday.
ULSTER ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
57kg: Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) v Colm Murphy (St George’s)
63kg: Jack McGivern (St George’s) v B Ferran (Clonard)
63kg: D Clarke (Monkstown) v Ryan Lavery (Holy Family, Belfast)
49kg: D Toland (Holy Family, Belfast) v R Nesbitt (Holy Family, Drogheda)
60kg: L McKee (Star) v Rory Lavery (Holy Family, Belfast)
60kg: M Kambule (Holy Trinity) v T Alin (Cookstown)
60kg: P Devine (Oliver Plunkett) v T Glennon (St Joseph’s, Derry)
75kg: D Oscar (St Michael’s, Belfast) v T Cunningham (St Joseph’s, Derry)
Co Derry Board Championship final
Boy 1 33kg: T McKeown (Churchlands) v D McCloskey (Moneyglass)
52kg: J O’Neill (Corpus Christi) WO
57kg: K Marshall (Emerald) v J Gallagher (Two Castles)/C Murphy (St George’s)
57kg: JP Hale (Star) v C Kerr (Monkstown)
63kg: D Bradley (Errigal) v Jack McGivern (St George’s)/B Ferran (Clonard)
63kg: C Ferguson (Emerald) v D Clarke (Monkstown)/R Lavery (Holy Family)
69kg: E McKeever (Holy Family, Drogheda) v E Vuskans (Holy Trinity)
69kg: T Duffy (Clonard) M McCole (Illies GG)
91kg: T Maughan (Cavan) v K Dlugosz (Immaculata)
91kg: S McMullan (Newington) v M Erpelding (Holy Family, Belfast)
91+kg: W Close (BABA) v D Boriskins (Sacred Heart, Newry)
91+kg: F Carrothers (Gleann) v P Rogers (St John’s, Derry)
Tuesday, February 25
49kg: C Biggar (Cookstown) v D Toland (Holy Family, Belfast)/R Nesbitt (Holy Family, Drogheda)
W51kg: C McNaul (Holy Family) v C Fryers (Immaculata)
W54kg: C McComiskey (Gilford) v S McKenna (Holy Family)
75kg: J Tucker (Emerald) v G French (Emerald)
81kg: G McDowell (Eastside) v K Tucker (Emerald)