By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer
Irish captain Frankie Cleary bowed out of the European Youth Championships in Kolobrzeg, Poland today.
The Olympic BC bantam was beaten on a split decision by Hungary’s Sandor Tar.
Cleary won the first round this afternoon and was boxing well and at a higher pace in the second, but went down under a big right and took a second standing count after a big exchange near the end of the frame heading into a close third round, a harsh call as Cleary had caught his opponent with a big shot in the same exchange.
Earlier today, Michael Nevin booked his ticket into the last 16.
The former European Schoolboy and Junior champion, who is aiming for a unique hat-trick at the 38-nation tournament, TKO’d Heorhi Varashylau in the third round after dominating the first two frames against the Belarusian.
Nevin was 20-16,20-16,20-17 ahead when the ref intervened.
Irish coach John Conlan praised the performances of both boxers today. Nevin, Adam Kelly and James McGivern will be in action tomorrow.
European Youth Championships, Kolobrzeg, Poland
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Andreas Kayzourakis (Greece) 3-0
November 22nd (Last 16)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Kiril Rusinov (Bulgaria) 3-0
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Anton Stselmakhau (Belarus) 1-2
81kg Cormac Long (Ireland) lost to Aleksandr Khalayeu (Belarus) 0-3
56kg Frankie Cleary (Ireland) lost to Sandor Tar (Hungary) 1-2
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Heorhi Varashylau (Belarus) TKO3
November 24th (Last 16)
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Rasmus Bergman (Finland)
64kg Adam Kelly (Ireland) v Artur Prygoga (Ukraine)
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Djessim Boulefkhad (France)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) v Deiv Puodziunas (Lithuania) (Last 8)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) v Adniry Tyshkovets (Ukraine) (Last 8)
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Rasmus Bergman (Finland) (Last 16)
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) v Ben Whittaker (England) (Last 8)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
56kg Frankie Cleary (Olympic) cpt
60kg James McGivern (St Georges)
64kg Adam Kelly (Ballynacargy)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
75kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
Team Manager: Brian Wallace
Coaches: John Conlan, Dmitry Dmitruk, Michael Mongan
R&J: Sadie Duffy