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Wins for big guns at Elite Competition deciders

Updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 13:26 | Comments

Adam Nolan (blue) got the better or Willie McLaughlin (red)
Adam Nolan (blue) got the better or Willie McLaughlin (red)

The were no upsets at Dublin’s National Stadium with four current champions, and ex-champion winning out at the Elite Competition deciders.

Reigning champions Sean McComb, Ross Hickey, Adam Nolan and Tommy McCarthy, and five-time Elite champion Con Sheehan, all won.

Hickey and London 2012 Olympian Nolan having their hands raised on split decision and Sheehan beating Dean Gardiner in an all Clonmel BC super-heavyweight three-rounder.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association are using the Elite Competition to assist with their selection process for the 2013 AIBA World Elite Championships in Almaty, Kazkhstan in October.

McComb beat George Bates in the repeat of February’s Elite final on a unanimous decision and Nolan edged Willie McLaughlin – a rematch of February’s Elite welterweight final - on a split decision (29-28,29-28,28-29).

The light-welterweight three-rounder also split the judges, 2008 European bronze medalist Hickey getting the nod over Waterford’s Rohan Date in a lively 64kg clash, while McCarthy saw off the challenge of Stephen Ward in an all Ulster heavyweight duel.

Elite Competition Results:
60kg
Sean McComb (Holy Trinity) beat George Bates (St Mary’s) 3-0
64kg Ross Hickey (Grangecon) beat Rohan Date (St Pauls, Waterford) 2-1
69kg Adam Nolan (Bray) beat Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG) 2-1
91kg Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) beat Stephen Ward
(Monkstown) 3-0
91kg+ Con Sheehan (Clonmel) beat Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) 3-0

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