Limerick's Tommy Casey and Paddy Donovan win at Elite Boxing championships

Bernard O'Neill in Dublin


Bernard O'Neill in Dublin


Limerick's Tommy Casey and Paddy Donovan win at Elite Boxing championships

Limerick's Tommy Casey could meet his relative and St Francis BC team-mate Myles Casey in the National Elite Championships semi-finals at Dublin’s National Stadium.

Casey scored an impressive 4-0 majority decision over Dublin’s Adam Courtney at the Stadium on Friday evening. Four judges scored the three-rounder to the Treaty City feather and a fifth marked it a draw.

Former Elite champion Myles received a bye into the last four and meets Christian Cekiso of the Portlaoise BC next Friday night. Tommy goes head-to-head with Dubliner Patryk Adamus in the corresponding 57kg semi-final.

The men’s featherweight limit is one of the new Olympic weights for men with bantamweight (56kg) effectively abolished by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

Casey misplaced his gum shield immediately before Friday’s victory over Courtney and St Francis BC chiefs seconds Ken Moore had to be quick on his feet.

“Tommy couldn’t find his gum shield going into the ring and we had to borrow one. In between the first and second rounds, it moulded (in his mouth), said Moore.

“A win, is a win, is a win and we’re happy with that. After a slow first half, he picked up the pace against a very good boxer and a seasoned campaigner.”

Meanwhile, Paddy Donovan earned a unanimous decision over Conor Ivors of the St Francis BC in the welterweight quarter-finals on Saturday night.

The former AIBA World Junior silver medallist will now meet Antrim’s 2018 Commonwealth Games finalist Aidan Walsh for a place in the 69kg final next Saturday.

Walsh beat former Elite champion Dean Walsh, a nephew of AIBA World Coach of the Year Billy Walsh, on a 4-1 split on Saturday.

In other fight news, Nell Fox of the Rathkeale BC will accept the 80+kg title on a walkover on finals night on February 23 as no opponent entered against her.

Dublin’s current World Elite lightweight champion Kellie Harrington will claim her 9th belt, also on a walkover.

Irish boxing is building toward the European Games in Belarus this summer and the World Men’s and Women’s Elite Championships in Russia in September and October.