Sunday 19 November 2017

World medalists Desmond and Walker target more glory at intermediate championships

Christine Desmond.
Christine Desmond.

WORLD youth silver and bronze medalists Christine Desmond and Kurt Walker will be in action in the finals of the National Intermediate Championships at the National Stadium tonight.

Desmond, whose twin Michael is a three-time Irish champion, is targeting a ninth successive title.

The 17-year-old, who boxes out of the Macroom BC in Cork, takes on Offaly's junior international Grainne Walsh, who is looking to add to a 2013 haul that includes World and EU silver and bronze (youth) medals and three Irish belts.

Walker, a silver and bronze winner at the 2013 European and 2012 World Youth Championships, meets Kilkenny's Noel Kehoe in the featherweight final.

Tonight's middleweight contest sees six-time Irish champion Bernard Roe face David Bicevas in an all-Dublin 75kg three-rounder.

The light-middleweight belt is up for grabs between Dublin's Kieran Forde, an eight-time Irish champion, and Dundalk's Paul Broadhurst, a two-time Irish champion.

PAIRINGS: National Intermediate finals, National Stadium Dublin, tonight (7.0) -- W52kg: L Harvey (Baldoyle) v L Hogan (St Brigids); 51kg: J McKay (Canal) v J Higgins (Ryston); 54kg: S Higginson (St John Bosco) v M Casey (St Francis); 57Kg: K Walker (Canal) v N Kehoe (Marble City); W60kg: K McCormack (Kilfenora) v L Donohue (Geesala); W66kg: G Walsh (Sparticus) v C Desmond (Macroom); 67kg: J Harty (Rathkeale) v M Wall (Crumlin); W70kg: M Kavecanski (Glen) v N Folan (Connemara); 71kg: K Forde (Drimnagh) v P Broadhurst (Dealgan);

75kg: B Roe (Dublin Docklands) v D Bicevas (St Saviours);

91kg: A Hanley (Bray) v B O'Reilly (Portlaoise).

NATIONAL INTERMEDIATE C'SHIPS,

LIVE, TG4, 7.30

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