There was disappointment for Willie McLaughlin (Illies BC), the last remaining Donegal boxer in the National Seniors Boxing Championship, when he lost his welterweight semi-final clash in Dublin to Adam Nolan (Bray) on a score of 17-12 on Friday night.
The superior height and longer reach of Nolan, a stablemate of Katie Taylor, was always going to cause difficulty for the shorter McLaughlin. Despite this, the fearless Illies boxer tore into his opponent “raging bull style” with relentless barrages only to see his punches fall short of the illusive Nolan. In the mean time his crafty opponent, who is trained also by Katie Taylor’s father, picked of McLaughlin with long rangey jabs that kept him at bay.
Nolan raced into a 5-2 lead by the end of the first. McLoughlin steadied the ship with a good second round which was just edged by Nolan on a score of 6-5. Although the Donegal man kept up a high tempo and work rate right to the final bell, his efforts on this occasion, fell a bit short of the mark and Nolan ran out a comfortable 17-12 winner.