Disappointment for Dean
Dean Walsh failed in his five-in-a-row bid when he lost out on a split decision in the National Elite boxing semi-finals at the National Stadium on Friday.
The St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's clubman came up against Kieran Molloy (Oughterard, Galway) in a contest that lived up to expectations, turning into one of the top fights of the night.
The bout always had the potential of a top contest, but at the end of three torrid rounds Walsh failed on a 3-2 split decision.
St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's coach, Nicky Keane, said: 'Dean boxed well on the night but lost out in the final two rounds having won the opening round 5-0.
'The five judges split 4-1 in favour of Molloy in the second while giving him a 3-2 verdict in the final round.
'We thought Dean had done enough to gain the verdict. He complained of being dizzy for about a minute in the second round following a clash of heads, but we have no gripe with the result.
'We cannot complain about the decision. Some have gone our way in the past, but this one went against us.'
Keane said that Dean will now look ahead to November and aim to bounce back.
'We have a second Senior championship in November as 2019 is an Olympic qualifying year. In the meantime we have three top-class tournaments coming up which he will box in, while we hope he will also get a couple of internationals.'
Wexford will have one representative in this weekend's finals, with Conor Jordan (St. Aidan's, Ferns) boxing Ricky Nesbitt (Carrickmacross) in the light flyweight final.
This is a straight final, with Jordan in with a real chance of victory to compensate for his semi-final defeat last year.