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O'Reilly claims lightweight title
25 Jan 2015 10:10
Debbie O'Reilly secured the Irish lightweight title after defeating Louise Donohue on a unanimous decision at the National Elite Women’s finals at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night.
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Olympic champion Katie Taylor was the defending lightweight champion but had to withdraw because of a hand injury.
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Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh was crowned flyweigh champion, although the Belfast fighter was awarded a walk-over on the night when nine champions were crowned at the Dublin venue.
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Defending welterweight champion Claire Grace also emerged victorious. The AIBA World No 8 and European Elite bronze medallist beat 18-year-old Youth Olympian Christina Desmond, a silver medallist at the 2013 World Youths, on a split decision.
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Joanne Lambe, who reached the last 16 at the World Championships in 2014, was looking to retain her featherweight crown, but was stopped by Dervla Duffy in the fourth round. Duffy knocked the defending champion out with a clean right-left combo in the final frame.
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Lauren Hogan had her hand raised in victory following a hard-fought win over Maeve Clarke in the light-fly class, while Ceire Smith, the defending flyweight champion, beat EU Youth gold medallist Kristina O’Hara.
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“We’re absolutely over the moon," said coach Liam Brereton. “Lauren is still only eighteen and she’s already won an Under-18 title and a European Youth bronze medal and now a Senior title. Absolutely brilliant.”
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Kelly Harrington retained the light-welter belt at the expense of Clare’s Kayleigh Murrihy.
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Dionna Cambell also scored a split decision, the Garda BC ace taking two of the judges with her in her victory over defending 81kg+ champion Fionna Nelson in the final bout of the 2015 National Male and Female Elite Championships.
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