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Dominic Bradley takes it up a level and jabs his way into Ulster Elite final

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Tussle: Sean Gray (in red) of Clonard ABC and Ciaran Cassidy of Erne ABC in the Boy 3 44.5 kg Ulster final. Credit: Mark Marlow

Tussle: Sean Gray (in red) of Clonard ABC and Ciaran Cassidy of Erne ABC in the Boy 3 44.5 kg Ulster final. Credit: Mark Marlow

Victor: Dominic Bradley beat Rhys Owens in the 60kg semi-final

Victor: Dominic Bradley beat Rhys Owens in the 60kg semi-final

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Tussle: Sean Gray (in red) of Clonard ABC and Ciaran Cassidy of Erne ABC in the Boy 3 44.5 kg Ulster final. Credit: Mark Marlow

Dominic Bradley made it two wins from two in this year’s Ulster Elite Championships as he just had too much in his 60kg semi-final against Erne’s Rhys Owens at Girdwood Community Hubs last night.

The Emerald man had come through a quarter-final against Two Alin on Tuesday and seemed to build on this as he boxed superbly from the off, landing with solid jabs and crisp rights.

Owens warmed to the task in the second and had his moments with the right in what was a closer round, but Bradley’s class was still evident.

The Emerald man was able to go through he gears a bit in the final round as he caught Owens on the way in early and boxed well to see himself through to the final on a unanimous verdict.

“I know it was going to be a tough fight,” said Bradley after.

“I’ve seen him before and knew he could box a bit, but I thought that if he tried to match me at my game, I’d be able to take it up a level or two.

“He came into it in the second round and I noticed it because he had to. None of these fights are easy and nobody comes to lie down.”

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Bradley will meet Rory Lavery in the final as the Holy Family man forced a third round stoppage against St Paul’s man Tomas McCann.

Lavery began to overwhelm his opponent in the second, landing with several flush rights and the counts that had been coming arrived in the third as he jolted McCann’s head back with crunching hooks that forces three counts in quick succession and a stoppage.

Tonight’s light-welterweight final will be contested between Jack McGivern and Anthony Malanaphy.

In the first semi-final, McGivern scored a unanimous verdict over Monkstown’s Robbie Gould who had his moments in this battle of southpaws.

Erne’s Malanaphy took a 3-2 split verdict over Star ABC’s Lee McKee as he just seemed to do the cleaner work in what was a close contest, his right hand scoring sufficiently to advance.

At welterweight, Cathal Jennings proved that size doesn’t matter as he stopped Gleann’s Gary Arthurs in the second round.

The Holy Family man was conceding significant height and reach to his southpaw opponent, but this made little difference as his raw aggression and work-rate took over as the seconds ticked by, forcing a stranding count following a big right early in the second and then ended it with a body shot that left Arthus doubled over and out.

He will face Eugene McKeever in the final as the St Malachy’s, Newry man edged out Matthew McCole on a 3-2 split in a close battle, but McKeever found the answers to prevail.


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