Ireland ended with one silver and five bronze medals as the 2011 Pavlyukov Memorial Youth Multi- Nations event ended in Anapa – an excellent showing from the only Western European country taking on the giants of not only thehome nation but also those from boxing strongholds including Cuba, Turkey, Uzbekistan , Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
In the 69kg Final, St Michael’s Athy ace Christy Joyce had to settle for silver despite an outstanding performance against leading Cuban,Osnay Torres, It was still 0-0 entering the third and final round but the Cuban finished the stronger , gaining two points before the final bell tolled, to take the Welterweight crown.
Christy Joyce , at 17, is a fine future prospect, following in the footsteps of brother David Oliver , the current European Union champion.
Team coach Eddie Bolger paid this tribute to the young Athy fighter:
“Christy was magnificent and he gave it everything. I thought he was very unlucky not to get some scores as he definitely landed a few. He was right in it all the way and never gave up and was giving it his all right to the very
end, ” said Bolger, who shared coaching responsibilities with Tony Davitt in Anapa..
As we reported on Friday, Ireland’s other bronze medallists at this tournament were Kieran Forde, Gary Sweeney, George Bates, David Roche and Stephen Broadhurst .
“This was definitely the toughest tournament I was ever at, added Bolger. “The quality of opposition was outstanding. Our lads were outstanding also. They gave as good as they got and the entire squad gave it 100% in
training and competition out here and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from them.”