IT WAS a clash of the champions over the weekend, as the prodigious Limerick youth boxer Patrick Donovan took on senior star Dean Walsh in a friendly bout in Wexford over the weekend.
The 18-year-old Our Lady of Lourdes-St Saviours pugilist took on Walsh - nephew of former High Performance chief Billy Walsh - in a classy exhibition content in Enniscorthy on Saturday night.
Donovan, a nine-time Irish champion, commenced the match with his loose approach in the centre of the ring, as the four-time senior champion was well able to fend off the fast-punching youth with great agility.
As both boxers became more familiar with each other in the ring, there were a number of flurried exchanges between the two, and moments of intense jabbing and counter-punching from the Limerick southpaw.
The seasoned boxers displayed their wealth of experience in their stamina throughout the three rounds, showing no signs of fatigue.
After the ref raised both arms to call a draw, Patrick Donovan took to social media to praise his opponent. He said that it was a "beautiful moment sharing the ring" with the senior 64kg title holder.
This was on the same weekend Limerick took home three All-Ireland senior titles at the National Stadium in Dublin.
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