Nolan nails gold medal
Ballagh native Adam Nolan picked and punched his way to a Gold Medal in Helsinki on Sunday
The London 2012 Olympian, who won his fourth Irish Elite Championship just in January, kicked off the St. Patrick's Day celebrations 48-hours early with the Gold Medal at the Gee Bee Multi-Nations in Finland.
In the final, Nolan turned in a powerful performance against the English champion, Chris Mbwakongo, winning out on a unanimous points decision in the final.
The Wexford-born welterweight, who is a Garda based in Bray, and boxes out of the same club as World and Olympic Champion, Katie Taylor, also scooped the 'Fighter of the Tournament' a much coveted accolade given the quality of boxers participating in the Multi-Nations tournament.
Nolan, a slick mover, behind a decent southpaw jab, built on his early round victories, as he picked off the English boxer, as he came in, with a display of boxing similar to that which he displayed in the National Elite finals, and also won him the 'Fighter of the championship' also on that occasion.
Throughout the contest, Nolan moved smoothly around the ring, ensuring there were limited chances for his opponent to get inside, and with his right jab working overtime he built up the points in each round, with what was described as a clinical display of boxing.
His slicker punch saw him through each round, and this was also due mainly to his sharper hand speed, and the fact that the English boxer was unable to get inside to use his physicality. But Nolan ensured in each round that he remained on top and delighted his fans both in the Ballagh and Bray once he had that gold medal placed around his neck.
Nolan, who is in full-time training as he bids for Rio Olympic qualification, has thanked his work colleagues in Bray Garda Station for their help and support as he continues to pursue his Olympic dream.
The Ballagh native is growing in confidence and strength and developing into a quality welterweight, with his coach Peter Taylor having done a fantastic job with the boxer over the past five years. He has brought him on leaps and bounds and from this victory over such quality opponents it will bring him on leaps and bounds and hopefully he can continue and gain qualification for the Rio Olympics.