London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan opened his title defence with a last-eight win over Brian Brosnan at the National Elite Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium on Saturday night.
The Wexford-born southpaw, who boxes out of the Bray BC, earned a unanimous decision over the Galway welterweight.
Multiple Elite champion Con Sheehan progressed at the expense of Jason Barron tonight, while his Clonmel BC stable-mate Dean Gardiner KO’d Dennis Boriskins in the first round.
Former European champion Ray Moylette and ex-EU champion David Oliver Joyce progressed to the semi-finals.
Moylette showed his class in a fiery encounter with the durable Sean Montgomery and David Oliver Joyce was involved in a tough three-rounder with 2011 European Youth bronze medallist Joe Fitzpatrick.
Defending lightweight champion Sean McComb bounced back from dropping the first round to Declan Geraghty to earn a unanimous decision.
Dean Walsh beat Ciaran Bates in one of the bouts of the day, and Rohan Date edged out Noel Murphy on a split decision in an all Munster 64kg three-rounder.
The Elite Championships semi-finals will be decided at the National Stadium next Friday and Saturday.
Boxing begins at 7pm on both nights.