Ireland and Russia to battle it out in European Youth semis

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Russia and Ireland – with seven and five boxers each – have the highest representation in Friday’s semi-finals at the European Youth Championships in Kolobrzeg, Poland.

Please click here for program. The card will be decided over two sessions beginning at 1pm and 5pm (Irish times) on Friday.

Stephen McKenna, Will Donoghue, James McGivern, Michael Nevin and John Joyce are in last-four action. All five will be taking home at least bronze.

Three of Friday’s semi-finals are Ireland versus Russia clashes. The Irish squad will have a light training session today ahead of Friday’s weigh-ins and bouts.

The finals are scheduled for Saturday.

Team Ireland are due to arrive home at 12.40pm on Sunday afternoon via Dublin Airport. Five medals will be on board. The colour of those medals will be determined this weekend.

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European Youth Championships, Kolobrzeg, Poland

November 21st
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

November 23rd
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) beat Rasmus Bergman (Finland) 3-0
64kg Adam Kelly (Ireland) lost to Artur Prygoga (Ukraine) 0-3
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Djessim Boulefkhad (France) 3-0

November 25th Q/Finals
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) beat Deiv Puodziunas (Lithuania) TKO3
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Adniry Tyshkovets (Ukraine) 3-0
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Karol Kowal (Poland) 3-0
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Muhammed Abdrilrasoon (Finland) 3-0
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Ben Whittaker (England) 2-1

November 27th (S/Finals)

49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) v Hamset Shadalaow (Germany)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) v Akash Tuqir (England)
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Temiran Khangishev (Russia)
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Bibert Tumenov (Russia)
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) v Dzhamal Makhudov (Russia)

Irish Squad

49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School) (Bronze, at least)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy) (Bronze, at least)
56kg Frankie Cleary (Olympic) cpt
60kg James McGivern (St Georges) (Bronze, at least)
64kg Adam Kelly (Ballynacargy)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Bronze, at least)
75kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) (Bronze, at least)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)

Team Manager: Brian Wallace
Coaches: John Conlan, Dmitry Dmitruk, Michael Mongan
R&J: Sadie Duffy

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]