Egan earns another crack at Ward
Kenneth Egan has earned another crack at Joe Ward in the Elite National Championships after booking his ticket for an unprecedented 13th final since 2001 with a victory on Saturday night.
Egan beat Davey Joe Joyce 13-7 and will now meet Ward, who received a bye into the 81kg decider, which will take place next Friday.
Willie McLaughlin scored a narrow decision over Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce to book his ticket into the welterweight final.
McLaughlin will face defending men’s welterweight champion Adam Nolan next following his hard-fought over Joyce.
McLaughlin said: “Fair dues to Johnny, it was a hell of a fight. I knew I was up against it, Johnny knew he was up against it.
"It was a 50-50 fight and all credit to Johnny, he gave as good as he got. It is a pity it was not the final."
Meanwhile, talented teenager Hannah Carthy enhanced her growing reputation with another victory.
The Kilkenny light-fly beat Sligo’s Maeve Clarke to claim her first Elite belt in one of five women’s finals.
Clarke appeared to go down under a big right from Carthy in the first as the new champion took the opening round 4-1 before drawing the second and edging the third.
Clarke threw everything into attack in the final frame, but there was no denying 17-year-old Carthy, who won an Intermediate belt in December.