World woes as Buckley and Kelly exit after split decision defeats


Regan Buckley and Wayne Kelly bowed out of the World Elites at the last 64 stage on 3-2 split decisions in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.

Kelly lost by the odd judge in five to Matthew Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago in the light-welter class.

The Portlaoise BC man found the target with solid shots in all three rounds of an engaging all southpaw battle but a majority of the judges opted for the counter-punching of the man from the Caribbean.

Finals scores: 29-28,29-28,29-28 to Alexander and 29-28,29-28 to Kelly.

Buckley was edged by Aldoms Suquor over three, three minute rounds in the flyweight class.

Besides being slightly wobbled by a big right, the Indoesian, a quarter finalist at last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta, took the first round, but Buckley, walking down his elusive opponent, came back strongly in the second.

Buckley won a lively third on the unoffical cards but Suquor got the nod – 30-27,29-28,29-28 and 29-28,29-28 to Buckley.

Commonwealth Games finalist Aidan Walsh meets Israeli welter Miroslav Kapuler in the last 64 tomorrow and Kelly’s Portlaoise BC team-mate Michael Nevin is between the ropes on Saturday versus Lithuanian middle Vytautas Balsys.

Antrim’s European champion Kurt Walker, the No. 6 seed in the feather class in Ekaterinburg, faces Columbia’s David Avila in the last 32 of the 77-nation tournament on Sunday and Dublin heavyweight Kiril Afanasev is in against Bulgaria’s Radoslav Panaleev.

Report courtesy of the IABA


2019 World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia

September 12

Last 64

52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) lost to Aldoms Suquor (Indonesia) 2-3
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Matthew Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago) 2-3

September 13

Last 64

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Miroslav Kapuler (Israel)

September 14

Last 32

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania)

September 15

Last 32

57kg Kurt Walker v David Avila (Columbia)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Radoslav Panaleev (Bulgaria)



September 12

Last 64

52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) lost to Aldoms Suquor (Indonesia) 2-3
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Matthew Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago) 2-3

September 10

Last 64

81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Erkin Adylbek (Kyrgyzstan) 0-5
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Austin Aokuso (Australia) 5-0

September 9

Last 64

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Irish squad

52kg: Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
57kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg: Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg: Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

High-Performnce Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: John Conlan and Eoin Pluck


Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]