Davey Oliver Joyce impresses at Euro U22s again but is denied by Russian home favourite


Davey Oliver Joyce was involved in one of the best amateur fights you could hope to see today but was left disappointed at the European Under-22 Championships in Russia.

The Ballymun BC lightweight was through the ropes in Last 16 action this afternoon and was one half of a sensational fight in Vladikavkaz but was defeated by Russian home favourite Beslan Khamzaev.

Two talented fighters, both landed the full range of shots throughout an open, attacking, and refreshing nine minutes of action.

Khamzaev, though, was given the nod in the razor tight fight (29-28, 28-29 x2, 27-30), with two of the cards being too wide.

It was a third defeat of the day in the Caucuses, with Mary Geraghty losing to Scot Victoria Glover at featherweight and light welter Pierce O’Leary controversially being defeated by Welshman Michael McDonagh.

Five Irish boxers remain at the championships.

Paddy Donovan and Gabriel Dossen are both in action tomorrow in the Last 16 at welterweight and middleweight respectively before it is the medal rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Amy Broadhurst, Adam Hession, and Niamh Earley all just one win away from guaranteeing bronze.

The draws in full can be seen here.

Friday March 8th
(Last 16)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat En Gizem (Turkey) 5-0
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Ireland) lost to Chelsey Heijnen (Netherlands) RSC2

Saturday March 9th
Last 32
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Oleg Chulkyacheyev (Ukraine) 5-0
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Sam Wagensvela (Netherlands) 4-1
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Sunday March 10th
Last 16
57kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Victoria Glover (Scotland) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost 1-4 Beslan Khamzaev (Russia)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Mike McDonagh (Wales) 0-5

Monday March 11th
Last 16
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Vakhid Abbasov (Russia)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Alberto Simion (Romania)

Tuesday March 12th
Q/Finals
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Giovanna Marchese (Italy)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Kinga Mezovari (Hungary)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasiya Shamonovan (Russia)

Wednesday March 13th
Q/Finals
52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine)

48kg No entrant
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
54kg No entrant
56kg No entrant
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthony’s)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg No entrant
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) C
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) C
81kg No entrant
81kg No entrant
+81kg No entrant
91kg No entrant
+91kg No entrant

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]