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Joe Ward and Ken Egan meet again at Finals

CLASS ACT: Michael Conlan (right) will be looking to win his third Irish title on Friday night

CLASS ACT: Michael Conlan (right) will be looking to win his third Irish title on Friday night

Joe Ward and Ken Egan will do it all again for a third time in the light-heavyweight final at the Irish Elite National Championships in Dublin.

Egan, who was beaten by Ward in the 2011 and 2012 finals, saw off Davey Joe Joyce 13-7 on Saturday night to book his ticket into an unprecedented 13th final since 2001.

He’ll now meet Ward, who received a bye into Friday night’s 81kg decider,

And Cairn Lodge BC have a fighter in the final as Thomas Waite saw off the challenge of Stephen Treacy in the men’s light-fly class.

Waite’s victory also denied the Ryston BC a guaranteed Irish title as Treacy would have met his club mate Hugh Myres in the 49kg final if he had won.

Chris Phelan will meet defending champion aMichael Conlan in a repeat of the 2012 flyweight final after scoring five points in every round versus Hugh Joyce.

Conlan will be looking to win his third Irish title in a row, so the St John Bosco fighter will be up for this one.

Phelan was joined in Friday’s deciders by Gary McKenna of the Old School BC in Monaghan.

McKenna showed sufficient ring craft and offensive and defensive skills en route to victory over Cork’s Barry Walsh.

George Bates surprised four-time Elite champion David Oliver Joyce in the lightweight class. Bates took all three rounds of this duel and will now meet Belfast’s Sean McComb for the vacant – 2012 champion Michael McDonagh did not enter – 60kg crown.

And Donegal’s Willie McLaughlin will face defending men’s welterweight champion Adam Nolan next after a hard-fought win over Beijing 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce.

Jimmy Sweeney and Niall Kennedy booked their tickets into the heavyweight and super-heavyweight finals with victories over Patrick Corcoran and Michael McKeever.

 

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