Classy Conlan claims third flyweight crown

Michael Conlon
Michael Conlon

Belfast’s Michael Conlan showed his class to claim his third Elite flyweight crown with a third successive victory over Kildare’s Chris Phelan.

Conlan boxed well through-out and had too much skill and class for Phelan.

And Conlan was delighted to have got his hands on his third Irish Elite title.

“The plan was to keep moving against Chris, he’s a good strong fighter, you need to be fit.

“My footwork was key, it prevailed in there tonight. It is great to win my third Irish title in a row and I am pleased with the way I boxed in these championships. Now I can look forward to the rest of the year,” he added

And rangy Belfast southpaw Sean McComb secured the vacant bantam and lightweight titles.

McComb, who boxes out of the Holy Trinity BC in Belfast, had too much fire power for George Bates and was 12-5 up and cruising going into the third..

And Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy – who KO’d Christy Joyce in the third round to win his first 91kg title in 2012 – KO’d Jimmy Sweeney in the third round to win his second 91kg title in 2013.

Results: (1) 49kg: (Light-flyweight) – Hugh Myres (Ryston) beat TJ Waite (Cairn Lodge) 17-8; (2) 57kg: (Featherweight) – Michaela Walsh (Holy Family) beat Joanna Lambe (Carrickmacross) 14-13; (3) 52kg: (Flyweight) – Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Chris Phelan (Ryston) 20-9; (4) 64kg: (Light-welter) – Ross Hickey (Grangecon) beat Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) 15-11; (5) 56kg: (Bantamweight) – Declan Geraghty (Crumlin) beat Gary McKenna (Old School) 16-7; (6) 60kg: (Lightweight) – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity) beat George Bates (St Mary’s) 19-7; (7) 75kg: (Middleweight) – Jason Quigley (Finn Valley) beat Roy Sheahan (St Michael’s Athy) 15-6; (8) 91kg: (Heavyeweight) – Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) beat Jimmy Sweeney (Drimnagh) KO3; (9) 81kg: (Light-heavyweight) – Joe Ward (Moate) beat Ken Egan (Neilstown) 25-5; (10) Additional Bout 60kg: (Lightweight) – Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Karolina Grazcyk (Poland) 28-5; (11) 69kg: (Welterweight) – Adam Nolan (Bray) beat Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG) 23-12; (12) 54kg: (Bantamweight) – Dervla Duffy(Ryston) beat Michelle Lynch (Golden Gloves) RSC2; (13) 64kg: (Light-welterweight) – Kelly Harrington (Corinthians) beat Sarah Close (Holy Family) 13-10; (14) 91+kg: (Super-heavyweight) – Sean Turner (Drimnagh) beat Niall Kennedy (Gorey) 21-8.