Wexford boxers show their class

by Alan Aherne

Published 14/12/2015 | 10:30

11 December 2015; Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, right, exchanges punches with Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, during their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, right, exchanges punches with Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, during their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Officials Anna Moore and Philip Rooney practice their Irish dancing in the ring before the IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Regan Buckley, St Teresa's Boxing Club, Co. Wicklow, left, exchanges punches with Stephen McKenna, Old School Boxing Club, Co. Monaghan, during their 49kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Stephen McKenna, Old School Boxing Club, Co. Monaghan, right, exchanges punches with Regan Buckley, St Teresa's Boxing Club, Co. Wicklow, during their 49kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Stephen McKenna, Old School Boxing Club, Co. Monaghan, right, exchanges punches with Regan Buckley, St Teresa's Boxing Club, Co. Wicklow, during their 49kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Stephen McKenna, Old School Boxing Club, Co. Monaghan, right, reacts after defeating Regan Buckley, St Teresa's Boxing Club, Co. Wicklow, in their 49kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Brendan Irvine, St Paul's Boxing Club, Co. Antrim, right, exchanges punches with T.J. Waite, Ormeau Road Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, during their 52kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Brendan Irvine, St Paul's Boxing Club, Co. Antrim, right, exchanges punches with T.J. Waite, Ormeau Road Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, during their 52kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Brendan Irvine, St Paul's Boxing Club, Co. Antrim, right, reacts after defeating T.J. Waite, Ormeau Road Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, in their 52kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Brendan Irvine, St Paul's Boxing Club, Co. Antrim, right, celebrates after defeating T.J. Waite, Ormeau Road Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, in their 52kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Kurt Walker, Canal Boxing Club, Lisburn, right, exchanges punches with Myles Casey, St Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, during their 56kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Kurt Walker, Canal Boxing Club, Lisburn, right, exchanges punches with Myles Casey, St Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, during their 56kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Kurt Walker, Canal Boxing Club, Lisburn, right, exchanges punches with Myles Casey, St Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, during their 56kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Kurt Walker, Canal Boxing Club, Lisburn, reacts after defeating Myles Casey, St Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, in their 56kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Kurt Walker, Canal Boxing Club, Lisburn, right reacts after defeating Myles Casey, St Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, in their 56kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Kurt Walker, Canal Boxing Club, Lisburn, celebrates after defeating Myles Casey, St Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, in their 56kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Michael Conlan, London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist in the men's fly 52kg is inteviewed by TG4's Seán Bán Breathnach. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Conor Wallace, St Monicas Newry Boxing Club, Co. Down, right, exchanges punches with Michael OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, during their 75kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Michael OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, right, exchanges punches with Conor Wallace, St Monicas Newry Boxing Club, Co. Down, during their 75kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Michael OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, celebrates defeating Conor Wallace, St Monicas Newry Boxing Club, Co. Down, during their 75kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Michael OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, right and Conor Wallace, St Monicas Newry Boxing Club, Co. Down, after their 75kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; David Oliver Joyce, St Michaels Boxing Club Athy, Co. Kildare, celebrates defeating Sean McComb, Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, in their 60kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; David Oliver Joyce, St Michaels Boxing Club Athy, Co. Kildare, celebrates defeating Sean McComb, Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, in their 60kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; David Oliver Joyce, St Michaels Boxing Club Athy, Co. Kildare, right, exchanges punches with Sean McComb, Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, during their 60kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; David Oliver Joyce, St Michaels Boxing Club Athy, Co. Kildare, right, exchanges punches with Sean McComb, Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, during their 60kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Sean McComb, Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, left, exchanges punches with David Oliver Joyce, St Michaels Boxing Club Athy, Co. Kildare, during their 60kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Bernard Dunne in attendance at the IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, left, exchanges punches with Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, during their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, left, exchanges punches with Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, during their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, reacts after defeating Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, in their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, after defeating Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, in their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Irish boxing coach Zaur Antia in attendance at the IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Raymond Moylette, St. Anne's Boxing Club, Co. Mayo, after defeat to Dean Walsh, St Joseph's/St Ibar's Boxing Club, Co. Wexford, in their 64kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Darren ONeill, Paulstown Boxing Club, Co. Kilkenny, celebrates defeating Bernard OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, in their 91kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Darren ONeill, Paulstown Boxing Club, Co. Kilkenny, right, exchanges punches with Bernard OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, in their 91kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Bernard OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, right, exchanges punches with Darren ONeill, Paulstown Boxing Club, Co. Kilkenny, during their 91kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Darren ONeill, Paulstown Boxing Club, Co. Kilkenny, celebrates defeating Bernard OReilly, Portlaoise Boxing Club, Co. Laois, in their 91kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, right, in conversation with Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, after their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, celebrates defeating Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, celebrates defeating Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Coach Pete Taylor acknowledges his boxer Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, after he defeated Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Coach Pete Taylor watches his boxer Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, fight Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, right, exchanges punches with Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, celebrates defeating Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, celebrates defeating Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, right, exchanges punches with Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Martin Stokes, Holy Family Drogheda Boxing Club, Co. Louth, left, exchanges punches with Adam Nolan, St Fergals Bray, Co. Wicklow, during their 69kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; John Paul Delaney, Emerald Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, reacts after defeating Christopher Blaney, Navan Boxing Club, Co. Meath, in their 81kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; John Paul Delaney, Emerald Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, left, exchanges punches with Christopher Blaney, Navan Boxing Club, Co. Meath, in their 81kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; John Paul Delaney, Emerald Boxing Club, Belfast, Co. Antrim, right, exchanges punches with Christopher Blaney, Navan Boxing Club, Co. Meath, in their 81kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Thomas Carty, Glasnevin Boxing Club, Dublin, right, exchanges punches with Dean Gardiner, Clonmel Boxing Club, Co. Tipperary, during their 91+kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2015; Dean Gardiner, Clonmel Boxing Club, Co. Tipperary, celebrates defeating Thomas Carty, Glasnevin Boxing Club, Dublin, during their 91+kg bout. IABA Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dubllin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Wexford's national elite boxing champions showed their class in the National Stadium on Friday, December 11, as Dean Walsh and Adam Nolan retained their light-welterweight and welterweight titles respectively.

Walsh completed a marvellous three in a row with a split decision 2-1 win over Mayo's Ray Moylette in the 64 kg bout, while Nolan's fifth national crown came with a unanimous 3-0 verdict over Martin Stokes from Drogheda in the 69 kg category.

In the process Nolan displayed admirable strength of character after the sad passing of his grandmother, Mrs May Devereux of Castlebridge, earlier in the day.

It was another special night for Wexford sport at the iconic Dublin venue, with Adam and Dean doing the county proud once again.

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