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Declan Geraghty, right, Crumlin boxing club, exchanges punches with Francis Campbell, Crumlin boxing club, during their 60kg bout

Declan Geraghty, right, Crumlin boxing club, exchanges punches with Francis Campbell, Crumlin boxing club, during their 60kg bout

Declan Geraghty, right, Crumlin boxing club, exchanges punches with Francis Campbell, Crumlin boxing club, during their 60kg bout

DECLAN GERAGHTY advanced from his all-Crumlin BC lightweight derby with Francis Campbell in the opening bout of the National Elite Championships.

The 2013 bantamweight champion scored a unanimous decision over his stablemate on a night of contrasting fortunes for the club at Dublin's National Stadium. Geraghty, who claimed his first Elite title at flyweight in 2009, but who has moved up two weights, had one eye on today's quarter-final with defending champion Sean McComb.

"I'm happy with that and hopefully I can add to it," said Geraghty, who switched from southpaw to orthodox throughout the three rounds.

"He's a decent opponent, but I was saving myself a bit. "

Geraghty's coach Phil Sutcliffe added: "It will be a cracking fight with Sean and I expect it will be very close."

Geraghty and Campbell created their own bit of history last night as their clash was the first fight in 25 years in which boxers didn't wear head guards at an Elite Championships.

Meantime, two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes is seeded No 2 at the championships. The Belfast light-fly missed last year's championships because of flu.

Subsequently, Hughie Myres, the No 1 seed, claimed the vacant light-fly crown. Barnes will meet Blaine Dobbins next weekend and Myers is in against Tom Waites in the other semi-final.

London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan opens his title defence in the welterweight class tonight. Two sessions will be completed today. Boxing begins at 2.0 and 7.0.

Irish Independent