The future of Irish amateur boxing is in ‘safe hands’ , as further demonstrated at schoolboy level during the current “IX European Schoolboys Championships” in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. Grozny was named the “most destroyed city on earth” by the United Nations in 2003 and several nations including England chose not to send teams to Grozny after taking into account Foreign Office advice..
The Irish ABA is represented, by a very strong squad , in a city where sport is high on the priority list and which has seen several high profile football matches staged of late ,without incident. The A.I.B.A awarded these Championships to Russia who chose Grozny as their preferred city to stage the event.
Thus far Ireland has done well on the opening two days of competition. The team is ‘guaranteed’ at least five bronze medals and hopefully as days go by some of these will be converted to Silver or Gold . Tuesday saw five Irish victories in the ring .
Lewis Crocker, from the Cairn Lodge ABC in Belfast, cruised to an 8-0 decision over Emre Kann Ozyill of Turkey in Grozny’s ‘ Sports Complex’ – “Olympiy skiy”
Meantime Moate’s John Joyce, nominated ‘boxer of the tournament’ at the 2010 corresponding event in Pampol, Bulgaria, defeated Emre Ustundag also of Turkey 4-2 to reach the semi-finals
Olympic boxer, James Cleary beat Ukranian Dmitry Bichul 5-2 whilst Tiernan Bradley (Sacred Heart) outboxed Olexander Pogrebnyak, also from Ukraine on a 5-0 score line.
In the welterweight division, Keelan Sexton outpointed Allaksander Kpupadziorau of Belarus 2-0 – a richly deserved win by the West Clare BC prospect.
Cork’s Oliver McCarthy, in action for the second time in 24-hours, was unfortunate to have lost 4-0 – a verdict that in the eyes of the Irish management did not accurately reflect McCarthy’s performance against Russia’s Suleman Bammotov.
Clan Naofa BC schoolboy hope, James McDonagh lost out 4-1 to Sarxan Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the 46Kg class .
Glengormley’s Chris O’Callaghan, the Irish Cadet Champion of 2011 awaits his first bout of the tournament as do the Mayo duo, Matthew Burke (Ballinrobe) and Sean Conroy (Ballyhaunis) and Ryston’s Patrick Joyce.
IX European Schoolboy Championships 2011 , Grozny, Russia
July 12th Quarter Finals :
40Kg: Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Suleman Bammotov (Russia) 0-4
44.5Kg: James Cleary (Ireland) beat Dmitry Bichul (Ukraine) 5-2
46Kg; James McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Sarxan Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 1-4
48Kg: John Joyce (Ireland) beat Emre Ustundag (Turkey) 4-2
52Kg: Tiernan Bradley (Ireland) beat Olexander Pogrebnyak (Ukraine) 5-0
59Kg; Lewis Crocker (Ireland) beat Emre Kann Ozyill (Turkey) 8-0
68Kg: Keelan Sexton (Ireland) beat Allaksander Kpupadziorau (Belarus) 2-0
July 11th Preliminaries
38.5Kg: Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Altuntas Volkan (Turkey) 6-2
40Kg:Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Vdrdnik Allaksandr (Belarus) 3-0
41.5Kg: James McGivern (Ireland) lost to Vazin Vinicakena (Belarus) 0-1
43Kg: Eugene McKeever (Ireland) lost to Rufat Tuseynov (Azerbaijan) 0-1
50Kg: James Keenan (Ireland) lost to Aliye Kayfu (Azerbaijan) 3-10
54Kg: Craig Bonney (Ireland) beat Michall Vasiakov (Belarus) 7-1
72Kg: Gary Ward (Ireland) lost to Vlad Khripthenko (Ukraine) 3-5
76+Kg:Cormac Long (Ireland) lost to Aleksey Pantiev (Russia) 1-8
Irish squad 2011 European Schoolboy Championships.
38.5Kg: William Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
4oKg: Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillons)
41.5Kg: James McGivern (St Georges)
43Kg: Eugene McKeever (St Malachys)
44.5Kg: James Cleary (Olympic)
46Kg: James McDonagh ( Clann Naofa)
48Kg: John Joyce (Moate)
50Kg: James Keenan (Glen)
52Kg: Tiernan Bradley (Sacred Heart)
54Kg: Craig Bonney (Trinity Boys)
56Kg: Chris O’Callaghan-Walsh (Glengormley)
59Kg: Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge)
62Kg: Patrick Joyce (Ryston)
65Kg: Sean Conroy (Ballyhaunis)
68Kg: Keelan Sexton (West Clare)
72Kg: Gary Ward (St Michaels)
76Kg: Matthew Burke (Ballinrobe)
76+Kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
Team Manager: Patrick Gallagher