Cork’s McCarthy has to settle for silver after loss to Russia at Euro Youths

Cork lightweight Oliver McCarthy this afternoon lost his his final at the European Youth Championships in Anapa, Russia, to home favourite Beslan Khamzaev.

The Brian Dillon BC fighter scored a brilliant win over Azerbaijan’s Sarhan Aliev to book his place in the final, but was undone by Khamzaev in a close fight.

The slick Munster southpaw fought on the back foot for the majority of the clash and scored plenty of eye-catching counters throughout, but the relentless energy of the come-forward Russian won the favour of the judges.

European Youth Championships Anapa, Russia

(Last 16 unless stated)

June 7th
52kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) beat Mykola Lytvyschenko (Ukraine) 3-0
56kg James McGivern (Ireland) lost to Vladimir Strygin (Russia) 1-2 (last 32)
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Konrad Bialas (Poland) 3-0 (last 32)

June 8th
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Narek Ogannesyan (Armenia) 3-0
64kg Jason Harty (Ireland) beat Patryk Urbanski (Poland) 3-0 (last 32)
75kg Reece Moran (Ireland) lost to Stepane Mkhitarian (Georgia) 0-3
91kg+ Martin John Mongan (Ireland) beat Alexandr Borison (Moldova) 3-0

June 9th
64kg Jason Harty (Ireland) lost to Iskekhan Madiev (Georgia) 0-3
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Laszio Kozak (Hungary) 3-0
81kg Brian Kennedy (Ireland) lost to Sammy Lee (Wales) 0-3
91kg Martin Jim Mongan (Ireland) lost to Dzmitru Sinkin (Belarus) TKO1

June 10th
Q/Finals
52kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) beat Istvan Szaka (Hungary) 3-0
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Asseme Nauali (Finland) 3-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) lost to Gurgen Madayan (Armenia) 0-3
91kg+ Martin John Mongan (Ireland) lost to Vladislav Muravin (Russia) 0-3

June 13th
S/Finals
52kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) lost to Nikita Diskunov (Russia) 0-3
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Sarhan Aliev (Azerbaijan) 2-1

June 14th
Final
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Beslan Khamzaev (Russia) 0-3

Irish squad

52kg Terry McEntee (Old School) (Bronze)
56kg James McGivern (St Georges)
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillon’s) (Silver)
64kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)
75kg Reece Moran (St Pauls Waterford)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys)
91kg Martin Jim Mongan (Ennis)
91kg+ Martin John Mongan (Ennis)

Team Manger: Stephen Connolly
Coaches: Billy McClean, Dmitry Dimitruk
R&J: Ben McGarrigle

Joe O'Neill

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