Friday 20 September 2019

Walsh, Nolan one step away

Final places are secured

Dean Walsh (right) in action against Patrick Mongan in Friday's semi-final
Dean Walsh (right) in action against Patrick Mongan in Friday's semi-final
Adam Nolan puts the pressure on Bernard Roe in the semi-final

Dean Walsh of St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's is very much on course towards retaining his light-welterweight title as the result of a unanimous points decision over Patrick Mongan in the Elite National Championships in the National Stadium on Friday.

Having lifted the title for the very first time last season, Walsh was way too good for the Galway boxer from the Olympic club, but he picked up a hand injury.

The manner in which he won his way through to the final sets up a mouth-watering clash with the experienced Ray Moylette.

Moylette qualified for the final impressively, disposing of four-time champion Ross Hickey from the Grangecon club in Wicklow, who is now boxing with the Defence Forces.

Moylette edged Hickey out in a thrilling box-off for the berth at the World Championships in Baku three years ago last September, but had to give way in the domestic decider a year later.

Moylette, whose only top-level national title came in this division five years ago, will now be coming up against an in-form Walsh, is what is sure to be one of the best finals of the night.

Bray-based Garda Adam Nolan from The Ballagh is also through to the final, continuing his impressive form.

In his 69 kg. semi-final he saw off Bernard Roe (Dublin Docklands) on a unanimous decision. His opponent in the final will be the experienced John Joe Joyce who edged out Wayne Kelly (Mullingar Elite) on a 3-2 split decision in his semi-final.

It will be a huge night for the Wexford duo who will be confident of lifting the titles as they continue their push towards qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Unfortunately, Niall Kennedy of Gorey was unable to make it beyond the penultimate round on Saturday night and book a third final place for Wexford.

Wexford People