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Michaela and Aidan Walsh delight as they land Irish titles

Winning feeling: Michaela Walsh won the lightweight title last night
Winning feeling: Michaela Walsh won the lightweight title last night
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Michaela Walsh retained the women's 57kg title in emphatic fashion in Dublin's National Stadium last night and then brother Aidan made it a family double with welterweight glory.

Walsh, a silver medallist at the European Games in the summer, eased her way into the final and the moved through the gears to stop Dealgan's Emma Agnew in the second round.

Southpaw Agnew made the opening three minutes competitive with her desire but the difference in class was all too apparent from the start of the second round.

Monkstown ABC woman Walsh found her range with the right hand and never stopped, forcing the referee to give Agnew three counts and ultimately call a halt.

An hour later brother Aidan stepped through the ropes and unanimously outpointed Callum Walsh to win the 69kg title.

Tyrone lad Jude Gallagher showed why he is the future at flyweight as he gave a swashbuckling display to land his first Irish Elite title with a unanimous points win over the more experienced Regan Buckley.

After a close opening round in which both men landed quality blows, Gallagher, of the Two Castles club, used his movement to greater effect in the following six minutes.

Southpaw Gallagher impressed with the way he rolled under Buckley's blows and then made him pay with his sharp right leads and left hands.

There was bitter disappointment for Belfast's Barry McReynolds who lost on points to Brandon McCarthy in the lightweight decider.

The Holy Trinity lad seemed to have done just enough though it was nip and tuck throughout the three rounds. McReynolds, 19, appeared to put in the work to land the opening two rounds with his swift footwork and sharp single blows, though the St Michael's Athy man took the third with his greater workrate.

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