By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer
James McGivern and Michael Nevin recorded two wins over Russia, as three Irish boxers upgraded their bronze medals to at least silver at the European Youth Championships in Kolobrzeg, Poland today.
Stephen McKenna got Ireland off to a perfect start with an impressive unanimous decision over Germany’s Hamset Shadalaow in the light-fly class.
And McGivern and Nevin, who will both be eligible for international Youth competition next year, followed that up with a split decision double over Russia’s Temiran Khangishev and Bibert Tumenov in the light and welter classes.
McGivern put in a big third round in his all southpaw duel with Khangishev, and Nevin, the former European Youth and Junior champion, recorded a hugely impressive win over Tumenov, the current AIBA World Youth champion.
Joyce and Donoghue can consider themselves unlucky not to be in Saturday’s finals. Both men were on top against Russia’s Dzhamal Makhudov and England’s Akash Tuqir, but the judges leaned in favour of their opponents.
Irish team manager Brian Wallace hailed the performances of all five boxers today.
He said “We couldn’t have asked anymore of the lads. They were all magnificent today. Another big day tomorrow in the finals.”
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) 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) beat Hamset Shadalaow (Germany) 3-0
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Akash Tuqir (England) 0-3
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Temiran Khangishev (Russia) 2-1
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Bibert Tumenov (Russia) 2-1
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) lost to Dzhamal Makhudov (Russia) 0-3
November 28th (Finals)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) v Ruslan Rustamov (Azerbaijan)
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Denis Gashi (Germany)
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Ismayil Huseynov (Azerbaijan)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School) (Silver, at least)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy) (Bronze)
56kg Frankie Cleary (Olympic) cpt
60kg James McGivern (St Georges) (Silver, at least)
64kg Adam Kelly (Ballynacargy)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Silver at least)
75kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) (Bronze)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
Team Manager: Brian Wallace
Coaches: John Conlan, Dmitry Dmitruk, Michael Mongan
R&J: Sadie Duffy