Nolan makes mark in opening elite contest
London Olympian Adam Nolan moved to within two wins of his fourth Irish Elite title at the National Stadium on Friday.
The Bray B.C. southpaw enjoyed a technical knockout against Waterford welterweight Craig McCarthy in the first round at the South Circular Road venue.
Nolan is in peak condition at the moment and has his sights set on regaining the national title.
'You have a lot of class in this weight division. Obviously I'd love to compete at the European Games and we have the World Championships after that but you cannot take your eye off the ball at the Elite championships,' Nolan said.
However, two Wexford boxers failed to progress beyond the opening round, with Gorey's Niall Murray losing his 64 kg. contest to the bang in form Ross Hickey (Grangecon/Defence Forces), while Ballagh boxer Jason Kirwan, from the home of Adam Nolan, lost a unanimous points verdict to Seán Higginson (St. John's Bosco) .
Dean Walsh will open the defence of his light-welterweight title this Friday night. Having come through the weigh-in on the button, Walsh will be looking forward to his opening defence.