IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Ireland recorded a hat-trick of wins tonight to advance another three boxers into Thursday’s quarter-finals at the European Youth Championships at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.
Ireland team captain Michael McDonagh, Kieran Forde and Michael O’Reilly had their hands raised in victory.
O’Reilly came from behind to edge out Iveginii Barabanov – an opponent he beat 17-9 en route to gold at the Brandenburg Cup in Germany in June – 17-16, O’Reilly pulling it out of the fire in the final few seconds of a cracking welterweight contest.
McDonagh got Ireland off to a winning start with victory over Alijaksej Hohleu of Belarus. Both boxers shared the first round 2-2, but the Dublin lightweight pulled away in the second and forced Hohleu into a standing count in the third en route to a 10-3 decision.
Galway light-welterweight Forde also registered 10 points in a 10-6 win over Tal Sadeh of Israel, Forde’s second win over a southpaw at these Championships.
Earlier today, Stephen Broadhurst and Gary Sweeny advanced to last eight with impressive wins.
But George Bates agonisingly lost out on the first countback of the Championships.
Dundalk middleweight Broadhurst slipped home a neat right in the opening seconds of his duel with Nathan Thorley of Wales and never looked back from that opener on his way to a commanding 20-8 victory.
Sweeney also produced a top class performance. The Ballinrobe light-heavyweight was always in control of his full-blooded bout with Bogdan Kryzhinii of the Ukraine, particularly the third round, Sweeney finding the target repeatedly with some well timed combinations to seal a decisive victory for the five-time Irish champ.
Bates lost to Radzhab Butaev. The Russian bantamweight deservedly claimed the first frame of this encounter 4-2, but Dublin-born Bates, despite rallying to dominate the second round and win the third, lost 57-54 on accepted scores following a 12-12 tie.
Eight Irish boxers will now be involved in quarter-final bouts tomorrow just one win away from claiming at least a bronze medal each.
European Youth Championships
August 24th (last 16)
56Kg: Theo Krechlok (Germany) beat Gurel Gokhan (Turkey) 15-5
56Kg; Elias Friha (France) beat Viktor Barak (Israel) 10-6
56Kg: Luril Shestak (Ukraine) beat Vadim Ivaniuc (Moldova) 18-8
56Kg: Enrico la Cruz (Holland) beat Nikita Farionis (Latvia) 12-9
75Kg: Magomed Madiev (Russia) beat Nikolaz Sekhniashvili (Georgia) 14-7
75Kg: Sziliard Szabo (Hungary) beat Calin Dumitru (Romania) 17-11
75Kg: Bilal Rahman Abdel Khattab (Denmark) beat Petru Ciobanu (Moldova) 13-5
75Kg: Muhammed Bangaev (Germany) beat Patrik Balog (Czech Republic) 10-4
81Kg: Nikita Versockis (Latvia) beat Callum Evans (Wales) 15-4
81Kg: Jim Andreasen (Denmark) beat Daniel Taborsky (Czech Republic) 14-6
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (Ireland) beat Bogdan Kryzhnii (Ukraine) 16-7
81Kg: Akleksandre Dokvadez (Georgia) beat Andrius Mazleks (Lithuania) 8-8 c/b
56Kg: Eimanta Stanionis (Lithuania) beat Qais Ashfaq (England) 16-5
56Kg: Radzhab Butaev (Russia) beat George Bates (Ireland) 12-12, c/b 57-54
56Kg: Mark McKeown (Scotland) beat Kolya Grigoryan (Armenia) 15-11
56Kg: Sylwester Kozowski (Poland) beat Ionut Baluta (Romania) 18 14
75Kg: Rauf Rashimov (Azerbaijan) beat Burhan Akcay (Turkey) 13-9
75Kg: Guiseppe Ranno (Italy) beat Ivan Nesterenko (Ukraine) 12-10
75Kg: Grant Quigley (Scotland) beat Dzianis Prykhodzka (Belarus) 9-5
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Nathan Thorley (Wales) 20-8
81Kg: Mikhail Ihnatsyeu (Belarus) beat Matko Prpic (Croatia) 19-3
81Kg: Coupe Bryan (France) beat Martin Houben (Germany) RSC3
81Kg: Vladimir Korsunov (Russia) beat Andranik Xachatryan (Armenia) 19-6
81Kg: Burak Askin (Turkey) beat Lajos Sarkadi (Hungary) 17-11
60Kg: Dursun Gedik (Turkey) beat Cedric Candema Peroumal (France) 16-14
60Kg: Edgaras Skurdelis (Lithuania) beat Jurij Belinger (Germany) 15-14
60Kg: Irakli Melikishvili (Georgia) beat Roy Kharmats (Israel) 15-13
60Kg: Alexandru Cuciureanu (Romania) beat Francesco Patera (Belgium) 21-6
64Kg: Ricardas Kuncaitis (Lithuania) beat Laszio Szilvai (Hungary) RSC3
64Kg: Genadijs Merkulovs (Latvia) beat Bogdam Galaev (Belgium) 7-7. c/b
64Kg: Jishgun Aliyev (Azerbaijan) beat Mikita Shabelnik (Belarus) 20-9
64Kg: Nikolay Koev (Bulgaria) beat Philip Nsingi (Germany) RSCI3
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Ivegenii Barabanov (Ukraine) 17-16
69Kg: Damon Jones (England) beat Richard Danyi (Hungary) 20-4
69Kg: Keiran Smith (Scotland) beat Patrik Jiracek (Czech Republic) 10-7
69Kg: Viktar Murashkin (Belarus) beat Jarkko Ojapalo (Finland) 12-7
60Kg: Parviz Baghirov (Azerbaijan) beat Mger Oganisian (Ukraine) RSCI2
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (Ireland) beat Alijaksej (Belarus) 10-3
60Kg: Henry Thomas (England) beat Mihail Orlov (Moldova) 18-9
60Kg: Gor Yeritsyan (Armenia) beat Henrik Enroth (Finland) 10-2
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Ireland) beat Tal Sedeh (Israel) 10-6
64Kg: Ievgenii Parkhomenko (Ukraine) beat Patrik Rajcsanyi (Slovakia) 17-10
64Kg: Ladjali Abdullaev (France) beat Petrus van der Pas Max (Holland) 11-6
64Kg: Zaur Abdullaev (Russia) beat Hasan Demir (Turkey) 17-8
69Kg: Vincenzo Gaultieri (Germany) beat Allan Mahfoud (Denmark) RSC3
69Kg: Igor Kharitonov (Russia) beat Franko Antic (Croatia) 22-6
69Kg: Fagan Huseynov (Azerbaijan) beat Arayik Harutyunyan (Armenia) 14-8
69Kg; Ihsan Erdogan (Turkey) beat Alberto Ghoerghe (Romania) 16-11
August 25th Q/Finals
49Kg: Evan Metcalfe (Ireland) v Koryun Soghomoyan (Armenia)
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Ireland) v Tural Ahmadov (Azerbaijan)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (Ireland) v Parviz Baghirov (Azerbaijan)
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Ireland) v Ievgenii Parkhomenko (Ukraine)
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Damon Jones (England)
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Ireland) v Grant Quigley (Scotland)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (Ireland) v Akleksandre Dokvadez (Georgia)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Ireland) v Paulius Zujevaz (Lithuania)