Keating twins meet in national decider

THE St Saviours Olympic Boxing Academy club in Dublin will meet this week to discuss the situation regarding twin brothers Graham and Gavin Keating.

The 19-year-old twins both advanced to next Friday’s National Intermediate featherweight final following semi-final victories at the National Stadium in Dublin last Friday night.

Gavin, who won an Irish U-21 title in October, stopped Paul Nolan from the Grangecon BC in the fourth round to book his ticket into the 57Kg final.

And Graham followed that up with an 8-3 victory over Austin Sinclair to ensure that the Keating’s and the St Saviours club will claim at least one title from the Championships.

This isn’t the first time that brothers have been scheduled to meet in a major Irish boxing final. However, it is the first time that twin brothers have been drawn in a decider.

According to St Saviours secretary Martin Power — who admitted that he can’t tell either brother apart — the club will meet this week to make a decision on the issue.

Meanwhile, Mark Carlyle progressed after a win over Jonathan Dowling, and Bishop Kelly ace Niall Ginley booked his ticket into the 71Kg decider courtesy of 26-4 victory over Tony Bates.

Two Cork boxers, Gary O’Sullivan, and Tom Murray bowed out at the semi-final stage on Saturday night following defeats to cousins Martin and Michael Collins of the Darndale club.

Light middleweight Michael Collins staged a thrilling comeback to deny O’Sullivan, who was two points ahead going in the final 30 seconds of a top class showdown.

But Collins pulled out all the stops to reach his second major final this year against an opponent who got a public warning for holding in the third.

The 2007 National Intermediate Championship finals will be held next Friday, December 7. Boxing begins at 7.30pm. The weigh-in will be held between 8am and 9am and 12 noon and 1pm on December 7.

Meantime, Roy O’Carroll, from the Glen Boxing Club in Cork, won the pivotal bout as Ireland beat England 8-6 in a schoolboy international in Copdock, Ipswich on Friday night.

Ryan Burnett — both Michael Reilly’s — Chris Joyce, Chris Mullaly and Joe Ward also had their hands raised in victory, while Daniel O’Neill received a walkover.

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