LETTERKENNY’s Paddy McShane is through to the Irish Elite flyweight final.
McShane overcame Michael Stokes from Athy in tonight’s semi-final.
Stokes received a cut to his eye in the second round and the fight was stopped. The score cards were marked in McShane’s favour when a halt was called.
McShane was well in command after the first round, four of the judges at ringside siding with the Letterkenny ABC man on the first stanza.
McShane took a split decision win to move into the 51kgs final meeting with St John Bosco’s Paudraic Downey.
McShane is a four-time Irish champion, but tonight’s bout was his debut at Elite level.
McShane won the last of his Irish titles in April 2018, defeating Aaron Kirwan-Doyle from The Ballagh in the Junior 1 42kgs final.
McShane also has Boy 3, Junior Cadet and Senior Cadet crowns to his name.
On Saturday-week, McShane will meet Downey and bid to become Letterkenny ABC’s first Irish Elite kingpin since super-heavyweight Eamonn Coyle in 1982.