Three more quarter final victories for Ireland at the IX European Schoolboys Championships in Grozny mean that the squad is now guaranteed at least EIGHT medals at this year’s championships.
On Wednesday evening, Sean Conroy, Matthew Burke and Craig Bonney joined John Joyce, Tiernan Bradley, Keelan Sexton, James Cleary and Lewis Crocker in the semi-finals
Bonney gained Ireland’s sixth medal as a result of his 7-4 decision over Turkish bantamweight Onur Arsha. Soon after, Conroy the Ballyhaunis BC star, won a 5-1 victory over Aleksa Vyachesiavof Azerbaijan. Indeed his opponent took a standing count in the third round.
Burke made it an Irish “hat trick” after Sergey Zelenskiy’s corner ‘threw in the towel’ in the second. At that stage the Mayo boy was well ahead (6-3) and in complete control.
A great year for Mayo boxing what with Ray Moylette’s gold at the European Seniors and Katie Rowland’s medal at the World Youth Championships earlier in the Summer, among other successes.
There were also three Irish losses on Wednesday with St Michael’s Athy prospect Willie Donoghue going out 7-3 to Ukraine’s Ruslan Zubachug whilst Patrick Joyce, of the Ryston BC, lost but by one point to Huseyn Tariverdiyev of Azerbaijan (5-4)
Meantime Chris O’Callaghan-Walsh from Glengormley BC went under 8-2 to Anvar Garayev of Azerbaijan in the 56Kg weight category.
The finals will be held on Saturday, in a tournament where 17 countries are participating.
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