Magic Molloy into semi finals at Feliks Stamm

Galway welterweight Kieran Molloy guaranteed Ireland at least a second bronze medal at the Feliks Stamm multi-nations in Poland today.

The Oughterard BC southpaw beat Polish welter Gibaldo Maksymilin in Warsaw to set up Friday’s semi-final with Armenia’s Garnik Papikyan.

Former underage star Molloy, 24 hours on from winning on his Feliks Stamm debut, dominated most of this afternoon’s 69kg clash with Maksymilin. While he was forced to soak up some shots for his troubles, combinations were the deciding factor against an opponent he seemed to hurt in the opener.

Papikyan, a switch hitter, beat James Delaro of the Netherlands in the corresponding bout today.

Myles Casey, who received a bye to the last 4, and Molloy will be in action tomorrow competing for places in Saturday’s bantam and welter finals.

Feliks Stamm Multi-Nations Warsaw, Poland

May 3rd
Last 16
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) lost to Sofiane Oumiha (France) 0-5
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Jamshid Nasari (Norway) 4-1

Q/Final
91+kg Thomas Carty (Ireland) lost to Djamili Dini Aboudou (France) 0-5

May 4th
Q/Final
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Gibaldo Maksymilin (Poland) 5-0

May 5th
S/Finals
56kg Myles Casey (Ireland) v Jaroslaw Iwanow (Poland)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Garnik Papikyan (Armenia)

Irish squad
56kg Myles Casey (St Francis)
60kg James McGivern (St Georges)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
91+g Thomas Carty (Glasnevin)

Team manager: Francis Keeling
Coaches: Dimitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Halpin

Joe O'Neill

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