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Ulster boxers fired up for shot at Irish title success

By David Kelly

Fresh from his Ulster Elite title triumph, TJ Waite will be one of a number of Northern Ireland boxers bidding for Irish glory.

Waite lifted the flyweight title last Thursday night and he will be joined in the 52kg division by Brendan Irvine of St Paul's - the favourite for the title.

In the absence of double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, Irvine's clubmate Jason McKay will be hoping to bring the light-flyweight title north.

Kurt Walker is expected to lift the bantamweight title as World champion Michael Conlan continues to enjoy a well earned rest following his history-making success in Doha.

Braid's Anthony O'Rawe is another Ulster champion hoping to enjoy a title double but Belfast man Sean McComb remains a clear favourite for lightweight success.

Ulster champion Bernaldo Marime will bid for the Irish light-welterweight title, while his Holy Trinity clubmates Caoimhin Hynes and Conor Doherty are entered at welter.

The championships start this Friday night in Dublin's National Stadium.

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