A brilliant week for Irish Amateur Boxing ended with five more Gold medals as the Gee Bee Multi Nations ended in Helsinki, and thus the Irish team also finished on top of the medals table at the 15-nation Gee Bee Multi-Nations tournament.
Michael Conlon, David Oliver Joyce, Jason Quigley, Ken Egan and Tommy McCarthy all struck Gold and as a bonus .
Finn Valley BC Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley and St John Bosco flyweight Conlon annexed the Best Boxer and Best Technical Boxer of the tournament awards.
Kenny Egan, not to be outdone by his young compatriots , won his third Gee Bee gold medal in three visits to Finland ,with a 3-2 decision over local hero , Eemeli Katajisto in the light-heavyweight class.
Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy produced a quality performance to beat French 2008 Olympian John M’Bumba, a two-time AIBA World bronze medallist, 12-9.
St Michael’s Athy lightweight David Oliver Joyce gained a 9-4 verdict over Luke Jackson ,who captained Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Two victories at the expense of English opponents – Conlon had a well-deserved 11-5 victory over England’s Tony Stubbs and Quigley gave a magnificent performance in his 13-5 win over another English Olympic Games hopeful, Anthony Ogogo.
These wins followed two days after Ireland won three gold and one silver at the Feliks Stamm Multi-Nations in Warsaw,
Between these two tournaments , Ireland claimed eight gold, one silver and one bronze, winning 25 bouts and losing five., an excellent haul by any standards.
Gee Bee Multi-Nations Helsinki Finland
April 9th – Semi-Finals
52Kg:Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) beat Pedro Matos (Portugal) 10-1
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Artjoms Ramlavs (Latvia) 7-1
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Bray) lost to Scott Cardle (England) 6-6 c/b 15-15,1-4
75Kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley) beat Anatolia Klinakov (Russia) 11-4
81Kg:Kenny Egan (Neilstown) beat Raitis Sankevics (Latvia) 6-0
91Kg:Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) beat Rain Karlston (Estonia) RSC2
Finals – April 10th
52Kg: Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) beat Tony Stubbs (England) 11-5
60Kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Luke Jackson (Australia) 9-4
75Kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley) v Anthony Ogogo (England) 13-5
81Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) v Eemeli Katajisto (Finland) 3-2
91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) beat John M’Bumba (France) 12-9
Best Boxer Award: Jason Quigley
Best Technical Boxer Award: Michael Conlon
Team Manager: Ben McGarrigle
Coaches: Jimmy Halpin & Connor Quigley
R&J: Al Morris
Physio: Ursula Brooks