Tyrone McCullagh will fly the flag for the North West at the televised National Elite Boxing Championships Finals at the National Stadium, Dublin this weekend.
Representing Holy Family Boxing Club in the 56kg bantamweight division, the former Illies Golden Gloves member will take on world No. 2 ranked and Olympic bronze medalist, Michael Conlan in Friday’s final.
Ulster finalist, McCullagh defeated Kurt Walker (Canal) 2-1 in the semi-final last weekend while Conlan caught the eye of all three judges in a 3-0 win over Barry Walsh (St Colmans).
Meanwhile Blaine Dobbins remains hopeful of securing his place in the Commonwealth Games squad heading to Glasgow this summer despite a 3-0 loss to two-time Olympic medalist, Paddy Barnes.
The St Joe’s ABC clubman impressed with a battling performance although the Ballymagroarty lad did take a standing count after Barnes landed a powerful right in the third round.
Ulster champion, Dobbins is hoping he’s done enough to impress the Ulster Boxing Council who are putting the final touches to their Commonwealth squad over the next few weeks.
Should Barnes - who recently announced his intention to turn pro. when ‘the right offer comes along’ - opt not to be part of the Commonwealth squad, then Dobbins is hopeful of taking the Belfast man’s place.
Oakleaf ABC’s Sean McGlinchey also bowed out of the Championships at the semi-final stage as he was unable to contest his light-heavyweight last four bout against Joe Ward due to illness.
The men’s finals will be held this Friday and broadcast on TG4. The women’s finals will be decided next Saturday evening.