Dungloe’s Mark McCole will be the first Donegal man through the ropes at the 2017 National Elite Championships.
Dungloe welter McCole is up against a seasoned elite competitor in the form of Arklow’s Fergal Redmond tonight.
McCole won an Irish Colleges crown in 2014 and was also a Youth 2 Irish champion, but is now dipping his toes into Elite level and will have to go the hard way if he is to make an impression.
In the same weight division is Oakleaf ABC’s eight-time Irish champion and 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games silver medalist Brett McGinty.
Tomorrow evening, McGinty is rostered to face Ross Boyle in a derby quarter-final, with Boyle hailing from the Mourne Golden Gloves in Strabane.
There is already one Donegal man guaranteed to be boxing on finals night on February 17. Darryl Moran, who won an Irish Under-22 crown last Friday, has a bye into the light-flyweight final where he will meet either Blaine Dobbins (St Josephs, Derry) or Connor Jordan (St Aidans).
Carrigart puncher McCarron will take the up at 81+kgs belt via a walkover, while injury is preventing Twin Towns’ Donna Barr from taking part.Tags: