Irish head coach Zaur Antia and Michael Conlan – and gold – at 2015 World Championships in Qatar

Ireland’s former Elite standouts experienced mixed fortunes in England on Friday and Saturday night.

Eric Donovan (12-1-0) was ahead on points against Zelfa Barrett in Brentwood but was stopped in the 8th round of a thrilling contest.

Two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (14-0-0) and Carl Frampton (28-2-0) won at London’s York Hall 24 hours later, both by way of TKO.

Conlan beat experienced French southpaw Sofiane Takoucht to move to within one fight of the world title shot and Frampton impressed against Darren Traynor.

Former Irish Elite finalist Paddy Donovan, who had Andy Lee working his corner, improved to 4 and 0 after beating Des Newton at York Hall,