Monday 23 April 2018

Gardiner earns spot in the last four

Pat Mongan will meet George Bates in the semifinals of the Elite Championships next weekend (stock picture)
Pat Mongan will meet George Bates in the semifinals of the Elite Championships next weekend (stock picture)

Bernard O'Neill

Former champion Dean Gardiner edged a step closer to retaining the super-heavy title after beating Thomas Carthy in the last eight of the National Elite Championships at Dublin's National Stadium last night.

The Tipperary fighter, who came within one win of qualifying for the Rio Olympics, beat the Dubliner on a unanimous decision to book his ticket in the semi-finals.

Limerick's defending champion Martin Keenan, who was beaten in the box-off for a place on the Irish team by Gardiner last year, also won in the 91+kg class.

Galway's Pat Mongan will meet George Bates in the 60kg semi-final next weekend after he beat Dillon Duffy on a 4-1 split verdict.

Bates - who lost a 3-2 split decision to Mongan in the 2017 final - saw off the challenge of Kilkenny lightweight Shane Flavin.

Mongan's coach at the Olympic BC, Mike Mongan, believes the defending champion is getting into his stride.

"He shook off a bit of ring rust in the first round and got going in the second and third. In the second, he got in some good over-hand lefts. The final should be interesting. It's good to get the first one out of the way and crack on from there."

Evan Metcalfe also advanced, the Hyland Academy BC bantam edging fellow Dubliner Adam Courtney who received a second-round public warning for an illegal punch.

Portlaoise BC stand-out Christian Cesiko, who next meets Thomas McCarthy, who was beaten in the 2017 final by Rio Olympian Brendan Irvine, defending super-heavy champion Martin Keenan, Francis Cleary, Kieran Molloy, Eugene McKeever, Wayne Kelly and Tony McGlynn also progressed.

Irish Independent

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