Adam Hession bows out at European U22 Championships


Adam Hession gave it his absolute all this afternoon in Vladikavkaz but bowed out of the European Under-22 Championships.

The Galway flyweight, in what was his first ever fight at a major Elite internatonal tournament, had a tough ask out in Russia.

Up against Ukrainian Rostyslav Bilostotskyi, the Movivea man was eliminated on a unanimous decision and denied a bronze medal following a competitive fight.

Like Hession, Bilostotskyi had received a bye to the quarter final stage but the Ukrainian is an established international having won bronze at 49kg in the 2017 European Under-22s and was just that bit too cute for his young opponent.

It was furious from the off, with the Irish 18-year-old pushing the action and looking strong but he was getting caught with clean counters by the smart Ukrainian.

Bilostotskyi’s handspeed was impressive through the second, with Hession looking to disrupt and outmuscle the 22-year-old.

Hession’s hopes then took a major dent when the reigning Elite Senior champion was docked a point for persistent use of the head at the start of the third. As the fight became scrappy, Bilostotskyi was himself docked a point for ducking low and a gruelling toe-to-toe final minute ensued with both boxers trading to the bell.

Going to the cards, Bilostotskyi was confirmed the 5:0 winner with the cards reading 28-27 x3 and 29-26 x2 in his favour.

Tomorrow is a rest day, with semi-finals due to begin on Friday – where reigning lightweight champion, Ireland’s only remaining fighter, Amy Broadhurst takes on French fighter Fatia Benmassahel a former European Youth champion who has previously been beaten by Belfast’s Alanna Nihell.

The draws in full can be seen here.

Friday March 8th
(Last 16)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat En Gizem (Turkey) 5-0
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Ireland) lost to Chelsey Heijnen (Netherlands) RSC2

Saturday March 9th
Last 32
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Oleg Chulkyacheyev (Ukraine) 5-0
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Sam Wagensvela (Netherlands) 4-1
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Sunday March 10th
Last 16
57kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Victoria Glover (Scotland) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost Beslan Khamzaev (Russia) 1-4
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Mike McDonagh (Wales) 0-5

Monday March 11th
Last 16
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) lost to Vakhid Abbasov (Russia) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Alberto Simion (Romania) 5-0

Tuesday March 12th
Q/Finals
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Giovanna Marchese (Italy) 0-5
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Anastasiya Shamonovan (Russia) 0-5

Wednesday March 13th
Q/Finals
52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) lost to Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Aleksei Semykin (Russia) AB3

Friday March 15th
S/Finals
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Fatia Benmassahel (France)

48kg No entrant
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
54kg No entrant
56kg No entrant
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthony’s)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Bronze, at least)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg No entrant
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) C
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) C
81kg No entrant
81kg No entrant
+81kg No entrant
91kg No entrant
+91kg No entrant

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh

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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