Nolan retains title to seal best boxer award
WHILE Katie Taylor made her return to the ring, it was also a good night for her Bray BC team-mate and fellow Olympian Adam Nolan, who retained his title – and landed the Best Boxer award.
The Wexford-born southpaw, who works as a Garda in Bray, earned 23-12 a verdict over Donegal's Willie McLaughlin, the 2009 champion, in a cracking welterweight final.
Elsewhere, Hugh Myres collected the vacant light-fly belt after winning two and drawing a round against Antrim'sThomas J Waite. Mullingar native Myres held a two-point advantage going into the third before adding another 10 points en route his first Elite crown.
"I had to throw more punches in the last round – the first and second were just about taking the lead, then cover up, try and get the punches in," said Myres.
"I'll get to enjoy it for a week, then back in the gym", he added, having won the belt vacated by two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes, who withdrew before the start of the Championships with the flu.