BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN

first_imgILLIES Golden Gloves boxer Willie McLaughlin just fell short of an elite Irish title at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.Champion Adam Nolan retained his title in the 69kg category.Nolan was ahead 7-3 after the first round, to boos from the Donegal contingent in the crowd who believed McLaughlin had pointed better. The Inishowen man was under the cosh in the second round and was behind 16-5 at the second round, again the crowd wasn’t happy with that either.McLaughlin came out fighting in the third round knowing he needed a knock-out to win the title and he put in a storming performance.He landed some cracking shots on Nolan in a superb round and with 40 seconds to go McLaughlin had Nolan bouncing off the ropes.The Leinster man clinged on to win but the 23-12 scoreline seemed much wider than most fans thought. There were boos from the Donegal crowd – there was a feeling that there was no way the Olympian Nolan had won by that margin.Nolan paid tribute to McLaughlin afterwards describing him as a great champion. BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingBOXING: McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLANbuncranadonegal daily sportlast_img read more