Callum Walsh wins GOLD at European Junior Championships


Callum Walsh won a wonderful gold medal this afternoon at the European Junior Championships in Bulgaria.

The Cork lightweight had his hand raised in Albena after he upset the home favourite Stilyan Hristov.

The Riverstown switch hitter showed ever facet of his game, counter-punching and going on the offensive across the three rounds

Southpaw Walsh looked to counter in the opener as Hristov tore into him. The Irish boxer hit the canvas in the closing seconds, but it was ruled a slip

A frantic start to the second saw both trade before the fight reverted to a cagier affair, with Walsh having more success.

Walsh finished extremely strongly, rocking Hristov’s head back numerous times in the closing seconds.

The Bulgarian felt he had won it, but it was Walsh who was given the verdict on a unanimous decision to cap off a brilliant tournament for him – with coaches Billy McClean and Dimitri Dmitruk going wild in celebration in the corner.

There was no joy however for Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy who was edged out following a furious three rounds with Russian southpaw Boris Kariban.

Following the announcement of the split decision verdict, the Ballinacarrow fighter stood aghast, arms outstretched in the centre of the ring before raising his hand as if to celebrate a win.

European Junior Championships Albena, Bulgaria
September 18th
Preliminaries (Last 32)
46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Paul Cameron (England) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Nazar Fadzeyeu (Belarus) 5-0
54kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat David Gvasalia (Georgia) 5-0
57kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) beat Luca Filip (Croatia) TKO1
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Ireland) beat Luca de Chiava (Italy) 5-0
66kg William Hayden (Ireland) lost to Jaba Tchumbashvili (Georgia) 2-3
70kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) beat Gyula Varga (Hungary) 5-0
80Kg+ Cathal Crowley (Ireland) lost to Aleksei Dronov (Russia) TKO1

September 19th
Last 16
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Ireland) beat Owen Paton (Scotland) 5-0
70kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) lost to Ilia Bogaturev (Russia) 1-4

September 20th
Last 16
46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Maksud Khasmetov (Azerbaijan) 4-1
50kg Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Madalin Popescu (Romania) 0-5
54kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Harry Kinsella (England) 0-5
57kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) lost to Bakur Chikovani (Georgia) 0-5
75kg Gavin Rafferty (Ireland) lost to Emir Buyukdas (Turkey) 0-5

September 21st
Q/Final
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Vakhaev Mukhaed (Russia) 0-5

Last 16
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Artur Shahakyan (Armenia) 4-1
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Racz Kristopher (Hungary) 5-0
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Ireland) lost to Anatalii Fedotkin (Russia) 2-3
80kg Thomas Doherty (Ireland) beat Sahin Ergul (Turkey) 4-1

September 22nd
Q/Final
46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Luka Kublashvili (Georgia) 1-4
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Mizan Aykol (Turkey) 4-1
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Mehmet Sor (Germany) 3-2
80kg Thomas Doherty (Ireland) lost to Ruslan Shapovalov (Ukraine) 1-4

September 24th
S/Finals
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Emanuele Massimo (Italy) 4-1
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Sino Sabivov (Russia) 3-1

September 25th
Finals
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) lost to Boris Kariban (Russia)
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Stilyan Hristov (Bulgaria)

Irish squad
46kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Tralee)
50kg Myles Casey (Rathkeale)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow) (Silver)
54kg Brandon McCarthy (St. Michaels Athy) Cpt
57kg Mikey Stokes (Athlone)
60kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown) (GOLD)
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Crumlin)
66kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
70kg Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity) V/Cpt
75kg Gavin Rafferty (St. Cianans)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
80+kg Cathel Crowley (Spartan)

Team Manager – Peter Brady
Coaches – Billy McClean & Dmitri Dmitruk
R&J – John Casey

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Joe O'Neill

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