BOTH Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce and Eric Donovan unexpectedly bowed out at the semi final stages of the Elite Senior Championship at the National Stadium last Friday night.
The St Michael’s, Athy pair were fancied to take home their respective titles but now the pressure is on their club mate David Oliver Joyce and Ryston’s Chris Phelan, who made it through to the finals.
Phelan, who is making his senior debut this season, beat 2009 champ Declan Geraghty.
Geraghty took the first round 2-1 but Phelan picked off four points to take the second 5-3. The 18-year-old also registered three points as opposed to Geraghty’s one in the final frame.
There wasn’t much luck for his club mate and defending champion Dervla Duffy. She went down in to Michaela Walsh in her 57kg final fight.
Athy’s David Oliver Joyce powered his way into the lightweight decider after Ciaran Bates was retired at the end of the first round.
Joyce, who reached last year final against his own club mate Eric Donovan was 6-1 up when Bates was withdrawn.
In the battle of the AIBA World Youth medalists, Joe Ward, who claimed gold at the 2010 World Youths, beat Davey Joe Joyce, who claimed bronze at the 2008 World Youths.
Ward opened the scoring mid way through the first round and landed another stinging left seconds later. Ward extended his advantage by another four points in the second to leave Joyce with a mountain to climb.
The Athy man was awarded two points after Ward received a public warning for pulling down his head in the third, but then ceded those two points after receiving a public warning of his own. Phelan will take on Michael Conlan in the final, while Joyce faces Michael McDonagh in the 60kg decider. Grangecon’s Ross Hickey meets Philip Sutcliffe in the 64kg final.