Darren Sutherland had to come from behind to retain his Irish middleweight after a four-round thriller with his great rival Darren O'Neill at the National Stadium in Dublin.

O'Neill took the opening two rounds, but Sutherland came storming back in the third and fourth to claim a 21-15
verdict from a fight which had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Irish captain Ken Egan won his eight title on the trot following a 19-4 win over Ciaran Curtis.

Clonmel's Con Sheehan was celebrating on the double after winning the heavyweight title and also picking up the boxer of the tournament award.

St Michael's Athy team-mates, Roy Sheahan, David Oliver Joyce and John Joe Joyce claimed three of the titles on offer in a unique hat-trick for the club.

Irish 2008 Olympian Paddy Barnes won his second light flyweight on the trot after Jimmy Moore's corner decided to retire their man in the fourth round.

Shane Cox, John Joe Nevin, Ross Hickey, and Cathal McMonagle, who was granted a walkover, also took home Irish titles.

Ten of the winners from last night's finals will now compete in the second last Olympic qualifier for European boxers in Pescara, Italy between February 24 and March 3.

However, Irish boxers failing to secure Olympic qualification in Pescara will compete in a box-off with the semi-finalists from this week's Senior Championships at the National Stadium on March 14/15.

The winners from this two-day box-off will then represent Ireland in the final Olympic qualification tournament for European
boxers in Athens, Greece in April.