Aaron McElligott gets Ireland off to winning start at European Championships

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Kerry boxer Aaron McElligott got Ireland off to the best possible start today at the European Schoolboys Championships in Valcea, Romania.

The Cashen Vale slugger dominated home favourite Samuel Florin-Cimpoesu in the last 16 of the 65kg division.

After a relatively close first, McElligott hurt his opponent badly in the second and almost brought a halt to the bout in the third.

McElligott will now take on Yahor Simakou of Belarus in the quarter finals on Saturday with a bronze medal up for grabs.

European Schoolboys Championships 2017, Valcea, Romania July 17th/26th

July 18th (Last 16)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) beat Samuel Florin-Cimpoesu (Romania) 5-0

July 19th (Last 16)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) v Einoras Sinkevicus (Lithuania)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (Ireland) v Beka Tserediani (Georgia)
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) v Barga Entika (Hungary)
62kg Danny McHugh (Ireland) v Marcus Ellis (England)

July 20th (Last 16)
38.5kg: Michael Donoghue (Ireland) v Jack Dryden (England)
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) v Vadim Ystonov (Moldova)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) v Pavle Bozovic (Montenegro)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) v Jure Bratovich (Croatia)

July 21st (Last 16)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) v Gabriel Paynarov (Bulgaria)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Kamil Urbaniak (Poland)

July 22nd (Q/Finals unless stated)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ireland) v Yaslin Farell (Germany)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (Ireland) v Abdullah Karpuz (Turkey)
54kg Sean Roche (Ireland) v Hera Uladzislav (Belarus) or Ersun Goktur (Turkey) (Last 16)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) v Yahor Simakou (Belarus)
68kg John Ward (Ireland) v Szyman Szyma (Poland)
72kg Sean Walsh (Ireland) v Alam Kudic (Croatia)
76kg Darragh Farrell (Ireland) v Borna Loncaric (Croatia)
80kg Jordan Ward (Ireland) v Arten Buiru (Ukraine)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Ireland) v Hovhan Papazyan (Armenia)

Irish squad
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ballybough)
41.5kg Jake Charles (Mullingar Elite)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (St Aidans)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Maydown Olympic)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (St Pauls Wat)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Olympic)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ballymun)
54kg Sean Roche (Donore)
56kg James Whelan (Dublin Docklands)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
62kg Danny McHugh (Two Castles)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Cashen Vale)
68kg John Ward (Brosna)
72kg Sean Walsh (Trojan)
76kg Darragh Farrell (St Josephs Edenderry)
80kg Jordan Ward (Bay City)

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie