Joyce shines at National Championships
Saturday, 3 February 2007 10:52
Featherweight David Oliver Joyce was celebrating on the double at the 2007 National Senior Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin last night after dethroning his St Michael's, Athy team-mate Eric Donovan and being presented with the boxer-of-the-tournament award.
Joyce, who moved up a weight following last year's bantamweight triumph, took all four rounds against the defending champ to record a convincing victory.
Belfast's Ryan Lindberg claimed the vacant bantamweight crown after a seesaw four-rounder versus Kevin Fennessey from Clonmel.
Fennessey was ahead by one point going into the final round of this 54Kg decider but a public warning in the fourth tipped the balance in favour of Ulster Senor champion Lindberg.
Light heavyweight Ken Egan, who was targeting his seventh national senior title on the trot, was next into the ring and he forced Willie Mitchell into a standing count inside the first minute.
Mitchell then found himself on the ropes on the receiving end of a flurry of punches forcing the referee to stop the contest with just over one minute gone.
World and back-to-back champ Katie Taylor received a heroine's reception on her return to the Stadium to meet Eva Walstrom in a special contest.
And the Bray women confirmed her status as the world's number one lightweight with a comfortable win over the Finnish puncher, who is ranked third in the world.
Middleweight Darren Sutherland forced Eamon O'Kane into two standing counts in the third en route to claiming his second consecutive title, courtesy of a third-round stoppage.
Defending champion Roy Sheahan met his St Michael's, Athy club-mate David Joyce in the welterweight final and chalked up 12-5 victory twelve months after beating the same opponent 12-8.
Meanwhile, John Joe Joyce ensured it was a St Michael's, Athy hat-trick with a 29-12 victory over Ciaran Bates.
St Matthew's heavyweight Ian Timms, and Donegal's John Sweeney were involved in a top class four-rounder which Timms took despite conceding points when he received a public warning in the fourth.
Golden Cobra ace Aodh Carlyle was taken right down to the wire by Thomas Dwyer before being handed a slender 5-4 victory.
Heavyweight Cathal McMonagle was behind in the first three rounds but pulled out all the stops in the fourth to clinch victory.
Boxing greats Gerry Storey, Billy Walsh and Kieran Joyce were honoured for their services to the sport at last night's finals.
Speaking after the tournament, Irish Amateur Boxing Association President Dominic O'Rourke described the 2007 Senior Championships as one of the best ever.
He said: 'I would like to thank everyone concerned for making the 2007 National Senior Championships a top class tournament.
'It was definitely one the best senior finals night in the last ten years and a great advertisement for Irish amateur boxing.'
National Senior Boxing Championships Finals Results
(Scores in brackets at end of each round)
54Kg: Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) bt Kevin Joseph Fennessey (Clonmel) 19-18, (2-4, 7-8, 13-14, 19-18)
69Kg: Roy Sheahan (St Michael's, Athy) bt David Joyce (St Michael's, Athy) (2-1, 6-2, 8-3, 12-5)
81Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) bt Willie Mitchell (Dromore, Tyrone) (RSC1)
Special Contest: Katie Taylor (Ireland) Eva Walstrom (Finland) 20-4, (7-2, 13-3, 20-4)
75Kg: Darren Sutherland (St Saviour's OBA) bt Eamon O'Kane (Immaculata) RSC3, (4-2, 9-3, RSC3)
57Kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael's, Athy) lost to David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's, Athy) 13-30, (2-4, 8-12, 11-21, 13-30)
91Kg: Ian Timms (St Matthew's) bt John Sweeney (Dungloe) 14-9, (2-0, 5-4, 8-6, 14-9)
60Kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy) bt Ciaran Bates (St Mary's Dublin) 29-12, (6-2, 12-7, 23-8, 29-12)
48Kg: Jim Moore (St Francis) lost to Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) 3-19, (2-6, 3-10, 3-15, 3-19)
51Kg: Conor Ahern (Baldoyle) bt Shane Cox (Gorey) 16-15, (4-3, 7-7, 13-9, 16-15)
64Kg: Aodh Carlyle (Golden Cobra) bt Thomas Dwyer (St Aidens) 5-4, (1-0, 3-1, 5-1, 5-4)
91+Kg: Anthony Crampton (St Broughans) lost to Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity) 10-14, (4-1, 6-5, 9-8, 10-14)