IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill advanced to the quarter-finals of the 39th Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany today.
Adam Nolan also progressed to the last-eight after edging out Vasili Belous of Moldova 10-9 in a very tight welterweight contest.
But Ross Hickey is out of the tournament following a 21-9 reversal to German light-welterweight Artem Harutyunyan.
O’Neill recorded a 16-13 win over Romanian middleweight Andrei Juratoni, the Kilkenny southpaw taking an 11-6 lead into the third round.
Current European light-heavyweight champion Joe Ward completed an Irish double over Moldova with an impressive 14-5 decision Victor Cotunjanski.
O’Neill, Nolan and Ward will be back in action tomorrow along with the rest of the Irish squad.
Twenty nations (118 boxers) are taking part in the 39th Chemistry Cup.
The full draw has not yet been made available.
39th Chemistry Cup Halle, Germany March 14th/18th
March 14th Preliminaries
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Andrei Juratoni (Romania) 16-13
64Kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Artem Harutyunyan (Germany) 9-21
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Vasili Belous (Moldova) 10-9
81Kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Victor Cotunjanski (Moldova) 14-5
March 15 Q/Finals
52Kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) Bredal Inanci (Turkey)
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
64Kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate)
91Kg: Steven Ward (Monkstown, Antrim)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)