By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer
Ireland will be taking home five bronze medals – at least – from the European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia.
Brandon McCarthy and Fergus Quinn joined Stephen Cairns, Ethan McGuckin and Michael McDonald in Saturday’s semi-finals after posting impressive last-eight wins today.
Quinn, displaying a fine array of counter-punching skills, beat Hungary’s Gyula Varga on a majority decision to join his Cookstown BC team-mate Ethan McGuckin in the business end of the 24-nation tournament.
McCarthy followed that up with a first round TKO of Akram Ghazi in the 43kg class. Ghazi took a count off a flashing left in the opening minute and the ref called a half after the talented Israeli athlete took another count moments later.
Earlier today, Killian Geraghty was beaten by England’s Denis McCann in the 41kg class. Both boxers had their moments in a fiery 41kg class, with Geraghty impressing in the second. However, the judges leaned in favour of McCann after close 1st and 3rd frames.
Jake Tucker lost to Bohdan Sereda of the Ukraine. Tucker took a count in the second. The Irish bantam countered Sereda’s aggression well in the first, but was caught on the ropes in the middle stanza. Tucker had a good third round and found the target with the majority of the cleaner shots, but it wasn’t enough to see him into the last-four.
Friday is a rest day at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
Team Ireland are due to arrive home from Russia via Dublin Airport (Terminal 1) at 9.15pm on Monday evening, November 9th. Flight AF1016 from Charles De Gaulle Airport.
European Schoolboy Championships
November 1st (Preliminaries)
41kg: Killian Geraghty (Ireland) beat Richard Bernath (Hungary) 2-1
52kg Luke Hurley (Ireland) lost to Semion Kamanin (Estonia) 1-2
44.5kg: John Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Martin Kecsmeti (Hungary) 0-3
50kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) lost to Sergi Shelomentsev (Russia) 0-3
62kg William Hayden (Ireland) beat Artash Manukyan (Armenia) 2-1
November 2nd (Preliminaries)
38.5kg Keelyn Roche (Ireland) lost to Metehan Aduguzel (Turkey) 0-3
48kg Michael Myers (Ireland) lost to Matko Prtenjaca (Croatia) 1-2
76kg+ Calium Glynn (Ireland) lost to Jan Kurucz (Slovakia) 0-3
November 3rd (Preliminaries)
40kg Stephen Cairns (Ireland) beat Samet Gumus (Turkey) 2-1
46kg: Paul Loonam (Ireland) lost to Guclu Ahmetcan (Turkey) 1-2
59kg: Gavin Rafferty (Ireland) lost to Kaan Aykutsak (Turkey) 1-2
65kg Ethan McGuckin (Ireland) beat Samvel Suvaryan (Armenia) 3-0
November 4th (Q/Finals)
40kg Stephen Cairns (Ireland) beat Cameron Whyte (Scotland) 3-0
54kg Sean Crowley (Ireland) lost to Vadzim Kurbachou (Belarus) 0-3
62kg William Hayden (Ireland) lost to Sergei Ukhan (Russia) 0-3
65kg Ethan McGuckin (Ireland) beat Callum Stevenson (Scotland) 3-0
72kg: Ruairi Brennan (Ireland) lost to Vladystav Marchuk (Ukraine) 0-3 (last 16)
76kg: Michael McDonald (Ireland) beat Pavel Platon (Moldova) TKO1
November 5th (Q/Finals)
41kg Killian Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Denis McCann (England) 0-3
43kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Akram Ghazi (Israel) TKO1
56kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) lost to Bohdan Sereda (Ukraine) 0-3
68kg Francis Quinn (Ireland) beat Gyula Varga (Hungary) 2-0
November 7th (S/Finals)
40kg Stephen Cairns (Ireland) v Patrik Paszok (Hungary)
43kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Omer Tekin (Turkey)
65kg Ethan McGuckin (Ireland) v Dan Ilyushonok (Israel)
68kg Francis Quinn (Ireland) v Ilya Bogatyrev (Russia)
76kg Michael McDonald (Ireland) v Norbert Kokeny (Hungary)
38.5kg: Keelyn Roche (St Aidens)
40kg: Stephen Cairns (Loughmahon) (Bronze,at least)
41kg: Killian Geraghty (Esker)
43kg: Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy) (Bronze, at least)
44.5kg: John Donoghue (Portlaoise)
46kg: Paul Loonam (St Carthages)
48kg: Michael Myers (Crumlin)
50kg: Michael Stokes (Athlone)
52kg: Luke Hurley (Tramore)
54kg: Sean Crowley (Arklow)
56kg: Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity)
59kg: Gavin Rafferty (St Cianians)
62kg: William Hayden (Crumlin)
65kg: Ethan McGuckin (Cookstown) (Bronze, at least)
68kg: Francis Quinn (Cookstown) (Bronze, at least)
72kg: Ruairi Brennan (St Annes)
76kg: Michael McDonald (Darndale) (Bronze, at least)
76+kg: Calium Glynn (Cherry Orchard)
Team manager: Paddy Gallagher
Coaches: Egor Khmil, Eoin Pluck, Tom Murray
R&J: John Casey