Two Irish boxers through to Euro Finals

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Michael O’Reilly and Gary Sweeney will represent Ireland in  Saturday’s European Youth Championships finals following thrilling wins at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre in Dublin  last night.
But Joe Fitzpatrick, Stephen Broadhurst and Jack Morrissey all  bowed out of the tournament today and this evening following last four  reversals.
Portlaoise BC welterweight O’Reilly always looked convincing en  route to victory over Viktar Mursahkin of Belarus, the 18-year-old taking  all three rounds to seal a commanding 20-12  win.
Sweeney, who boxes out of the All Stars BC in Mayo, was 5-4 down  going into the final frame against Nikita Versockis of Latvia – who he beat  in Anapa, Russia earlier this year.
But the Ballinrobe light-heavyweight turned that deficit around to  claim a 10-8 victory. Both Irish boxers will meet Russian opponents in  Saturday’s finals.
Belfast flyweight Joe Fitzpatrick was also in action tonight, but  despite a brave showing lost out to Vasily Vetkin of Russia by a two point  margin.
It was a brave performance from the Immaculata BC teenager, at 16  the youngest member of the Irish squad, who will be taking home a bronze medal  from the tournament.
Earlier today, Stephen Broadhurst and Jack Morrissey also had to  settle for bronze.
Dundalk southpaw Broadhurst lost out to Rauf Rashimov of Azerbaijan  in the middleweight class.
Both boxers were out on their feet at the end of this clash which  appeared to be turning in Broadhurst’s favour going down the final stretch,  but it was Rashimov that got the nod from the judges.
Wexford heavyweight Morrissey was retired in the second round by  the Irish corner versus talented Russian, Ivan Veryasov.
Saturday’s finals begin at 2.30pm and will be streamed live on www.iaba.ie.

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