Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

McCarthy primed to halt Egan’s record run

Tommy McCarthy and Kenny Egan remain on course for a showdown in the light-heavyweight final of the Irish Elite championships.

Ulster champion McCarthy and Olympic silver medallist Egan both progressed to the semi-finals in emphatic fashion at the weekend in the National Stadium.

McCarthy, of the Oliver Plunkett gym, enjoyed a second round stoppage victory over Richard Beale of St Michael's New Ross.

McCarthy, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 World Youth Championships, was 7-0 in front and cruising when the referee called a halt.

As expected Egan was in a different league to the gutsy Gisha Gezim and the Neilstown southpaw remains a hot favourite to secure a record 11th title.

Egan picked off Gezim with ease, dictating the contest from the first bell and when 18-4 up in third their quarter-final was halted as the Albanian-born boxer took a third count.

European Union middleweight champion Darren O'Neill and Eamonn O'Kane also seem destined to meet on finals night.

O'Neill opened up the defence of his Irish title with a second round stoppage of Sean Shevlin.

O'Neill, of the Paulstown club in Kilkenny, was 19-0 ahead when the contest was stopped after Shevlin took a second standing eight count. He will now meet Tom O'Donnell in next weekend's 75Kg semi.

Immaculata's Eamonn O'Kane found himself behind by a point after the opening round of his quarter-final with fellow Ulsterman Stephen O'Reilly, but went into overdrive in the second.

O'Kane took charge and continued to dominate in third, winning 9-3 to set up a last four clash with Jason Quigley of Finn Valley who defeated Luke Keeler of Crumlin 7-1.

In an all-Ulster light-welterweight clash, Stephen Donnelly of All Saints defeated Patrick Gallagher of Gleann 4-1, while James Fryers of Immaculata followed up his Friday night victory over Francis Campbell with a 57kg quarter-final victory over Drimnagh's Michael Stephens 2-0.

At the same weight, Fryers' clubmate Ryan Lindberg cruised to a 10-3 victory over Glenn Murray of St Saviours.

There was disappointment for Oliver Plunkett's lightweight Tyrone McKenna as he went down 15-4 to David Oliver Joyce, while Cairn Lodge man Marc McCullough was soundly beaten 23-1 by multi-Irish title winner Eric Donovan.

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