Quarter-finals day today in the European Youth Championships at the Citywest Convention Centre in Saggart and for eight young Irish boxers the opportunity of progressing to the semi-finals and thus at the same time ‘guaranteeing ’ at least a bronze medal in this the 100th Centenary year of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. In all , boxing fans can see some forty quarter finals featuring leading boxers from some 38 nations, many of whom will become household names in or before the 2016 Olympic games in Rio and indeed a few may even feature in London 2012.
The Irish in action today and when you can see them in their quest for a medal:
August 25th Quarter Finals
49Kg: Evan Metcalfe (Ireland) v Koryun Soghomoyan (Armenia)
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Ireland) v Grant Quigley (Scotland)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Ireland) v Paulius Zujevaz (Lithuania)
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Ireland) v Tural Ahmadov (Azerbaijan)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (Ireland) v Parviz Baghirov (Azerbaijan)
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Ireland) v Ievgenii Parkhomenko (Ukraine)
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Damon Jones (England)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (Ireland) v Akleksandre Dokvadez (Georgia)
Wednesday was another good day for the Irish fighters with five wins from the six boxers in action. In the afternoon session came wins for Dealgan BC’s Stephen Broadhurst and All Stars BC’s Gary Sweeney who were both in impressive form against respectively Nathan Thorley (Wales) 20-8 and
Bogdan Kryzhnii (Ukraine) 16-7. The Irish defeat came when Radzhab Butaev (Russia) beat St Mary’s George Bates 12-12, 57-54 on a count back after a thrilling contest. Bates can be proud of his showing in this fight.
In Wednesday’s evening session , Ireland team captain Michael McDonagh from the St Mary’s BC in Tallaght, Kieran Forde from Monivea, Galway and Portlaoise’s Michael O’Reilly had their hands raised in victory.
O’Reilly came from behind to gain the verdict over Ukrainian, Iveginii Barabanov , with the Portlaoise fighter gaining the upper hand only in the final seconds of a great welterweight contest.
McDonagh had another impressive win this time against Alijaksej Hohleu of Belarus. The boxers shared the first round 2-2, but the Irish welterweight forged ahead in the second and with his opponent taking a standing count in round three, McDonagh gained a 10-3 decision.
Galway light-welterweight Forde had 10-6 win over Tal Sadeh of Israel, always looking like the winner despite the efforts of the Israeli.
The semi finals are on Friday (sessions at 2pm and 7pm, as today) whilst Saturday’s finals commence at 2 pm. Entrance fee is 10 euros per session for adults and 5 euros for U16’s and Seniors. A great day’s boxing in store for those who go to Citywest and support the Irish team.