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Ulster Intermediate Championships: Eamonn Magee setting his sights on double joy

By David Kelly

Just a couple of weeks after claiming the Antrim title, Eamonn Magee starts his bid tonight to make it a double with victory in the Ulster Intermediate championships.

These championships are always a stepping stone to the Ulster senior championships, which is Magee’s target early in the New Year.

Tonight in the Dockers Club, Antrim light-welterweight champion Magee — son of former Commonwealth champion Eamonn snr — will take on Patrick Taylor of St Agnes.

All the light-welter quarter-finals take place tonight with Magee starting favourite to make it through to a last four clash with either Niall McFeely of St Canices or Ethan Audley of Holy Trinity.

“He’s working very hard, he had a good win in the Antrim championships and hopefully he can now win the Ulster title,” said dad Eamonn.

Magee’s Immaculata clubmate Dean McComb is also looking to make it an Antrim and Ulster double and he starts his bantamweight campaign against Glenn Brogan of Clones.

McComb’s brother Gavin is competing at flyweight and he will step into the ring tomorrow night in a semi-final clash with Clonard’s Paul Collins.

In the opening contest, Patrick Stokes of Convoy and Smithboro’s Gerard Smyth will battle for a place in tomorrow evening’s middleweight quarter-final with Ray Ginley of Oliver Plunkett.

Tonight’s contests (8pm):

Middleweight: Patrick Stokes (Convoy) v Gerard Smyth (Smithboro).

Light-heavy: Duncan Liggett (Ederney) v Shane Connolly (Smithboro).

Quarter-finals: bantamweight: Glenn Brogan (Clones) v Dean McComb (Immaculata).

Light-welter: Patrick Taylor (St Agnes) v Eamonn Magee (Immaculata); Niall McFeely (St Canices) v Ethan Audley (Holy Trinity); Paul Kelly (Twin Towns) v Kevin Fox (Oliver Plunkett); Fergal McCrory (Clonoe) v Alex Bassa (Eastside).

Welter: Matthew Conroy (Springhill) v Conor Flanagan (Pegasus); Brian Duffy (Keady) v Darragh Mullan (St Canices); Sean Lennon (Gilford) v Paul Darby (Twin Towns).

Light-middle: Kenny Rodgers (All Blacks) v Vitaliy Stefanuk (Castleblayney); Ryan Flanagan (Pegasus) v Peader McComiskey (Gilford) v Zarak Bartley (Larne) v Eddie McDonagh (Letterkenny).

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