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Kurt Walker is upbeat over his prospects for this year

By David Kelly

Kurt Walker says he is confident of landing a hat-trick of Irish senior titles this Friday night and kicking off a special 12 months of Kur honours.

Walker is now recognised as the number one Irish bantamweight on the back of Michael Conlan turning professional and victory at the National stadium over Stephen McKenna would keep him on course to represent Ireland at the European Championships in Ukraine this summer.

"This could be a very big year for me. I need to win my third Irish title to go on to the Europeans where I believe I can medal and that would then set me up for the World Championships," said Canal ABC man Walker.

Walker has been working out regularly with Holy Trinity light-welterweight Sean McComb whom he also expects to triumph on Friday night. McComb meets Wayne Kelly of Ballynacargy.

"Sean and I bring out the best in each other. We've had about eight weeks sparring together and it's been great so I'm very confident that he will take the title," added Walker.

A strong Ulster contingent on finals night will include Brett McGinty who on Saturday cruised into the welterweight decider with a unanimous decision over Crumlin's Peter Carr.

There was disappointment for Holy Trinity's Caoimhin Hynes who lost a split decision in his 75kg semi-final with Stephen Broadhurst of Dealgan.

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