THE Irish National Elite Championships got underway at the National Stadium in Dublin on January 9.
Ray Moylette, a 2011 European champion, outscored Jason Conroy unanimously and is on course for a clash with 64kgs rival Ross Hickey.
“It wasn’t easy on the eye but we’re here to get a job done and I’m glad to get the win under my belt ,” Moylette said.
Commonwealth Games 75kgs bronze medallist Connor Coyle progressed after edging out Emet Brennan on a split decision.
2012 Olympian Adam Nolan scored the only stoppage of the first day when he halted Craig McCarthy. Their division is an intriguing one, with experienced operator John Joe Joyce picking up a unanimous victory over Fergal Redmond.
“I’d love to compete at the European Games and we have the World championships after that but you can’t take your eye off the ball at the Elite championships. If you don’t perform at the Elite championships, then you won’t be on the Irish team. It’s a must win tournament,” Nolan said.
The tournament continues January 16-17 at the National Stadium.
56: KURT WALKER (Canal) outpd Gary McKenna (Old School) unan, SEAN HIGGINSON (St. John Bosco) outpd Jason Kirwan (Ballagh) unan. 57: MOIRA Colligate (Rathkaele) outpd Cheyanne O’Neal (Athlone) split. 64: PATRICK MONGAN (Olympic) outpd Benaldo Marime (Holy Trinity) split, RAY MOYLETTE (St. Anne’s) outpd Jason Conroy (Crumlin) unan, ROSS HICKEY (Grancecon) outpd Niall Murray (Gorey) unan. 69: JOHN JOE JOYCE (St. Michael’s Athy) outpd Fergal Redmond (Arklow) unan, WAYNE KELLY (Mullingar) outpd Lee Sherlock (Corpus Christi) unan, BERNARD ROE (Dublin Docklands) outpd Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) split, ADAM NOLAN (Bray) stpd Craig McCarthy (St. Paul’s Waterford) 1st. 75: CONNOR COYLE (St. Joseph’s Derry) outpd Emet Brennan (Corinthians) split, CAOIMHIN HYNES (Holy Trinity) outpd Glory Lmuala (Maynooth) unan. 81: CHRIS BLANEY (Navan) outpd Anthony Browne (St. Michael’s) split. 91: JOHN JOE McDonough (Crumlin) outpd Patrick O’Shea (St. Colmans) unan, STEPHEN McMONAGLE (Holy Trinity) stpd Andrew Hanley (Bray) 3rd, KENNETH OKUNGBOWA (Athlone) outpd Bernard O’Reilly (Portlaoise) unan.