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Another good day for Ireland at World Junior Championships

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Tuesday schedule here
Cork middleweight Tommy Hyde progressed to the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Junior Championships in St Petersburg, Russia tonight.

The Leesider beat Algeria’s Djallal Bouchkouk on a unanimous decision and will now meet Turkey’s Bayren Malkan for at least a bronze medal on Wednesday.

Joe Nevin and Jimmy O’Reilly bowed out of the tournament today and this evening against the USA and Russia. Nevin left absolutely everything between the ropes against American fly Ray Diaz only to agonisingly lose on a split, and O’Reilly produced a big, big performance against Russia’s Vladislav Ivanov at light-heavy.

Ivanov was favourite going into this clash, but O’Reilly met fire with fire in an excellent 80kg clash and rattled his opponent with big shots throughout, particularly in the third round.

“The fight of the tournament so far, a real toe-to-toe battle between two excellent boxers, said Irish coach Billy McClean.

“They both received a standing ovation and the Russian lad very sportingly gave Jimmy a round of applause. It was a wonderful performance from Jimmy against an opponent who is a favourite to take the gold medal.

“We’re delighted with all our boxers today; Tommy, Aaron and Paddy were excellent and Joe and Jimmy lost on very close decisions.“

Earlier today, Irish captain Aaron McKenna and Paddy Donovan claimed victories.

McKenna obliged Abine Bennams of France to take two standing counts en route to an emphatic verdict and Donovan beat highly-rated Kazakh lightweight Abylay Ybraimov.

McKenna, Donovan, Eamer Coughlan, Paul Ryan and Sean Purcell will be in action tomorrow. The Irish camp confirmed this evening that Anthony Johnston has been withdrawn from the tournament after picking up an illness.

AIBA World Junior Championships St Petersburg, Russia
(Last 32 unless stated)

September 4th
80+kg Martin J Mongan (Ireland) lost to Dmitri Fominykh (Russia) 0-3

September 5th
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) beat Suntatullo Yunuszade (Tajikistan) 3-0
57kg Eric Nash (Ireland) lost to Ivan Atanasov (Bulgaria) 1-2
63kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) lost to Yibukayimu Mamuti (China) 0-3
70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) beat Lukas Petrauskas (Lithuania) 3-0

September 6th
46kg Craig Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Rustan Muratov (Kyrgyzstan) 0-3
50kg Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Zabehullo Ashuroz (Tajikistan) 3-0
54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) beat David Toth (Hungary) 3-0
66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) beat Ahtamjon Khaidov (Tajikistan) 3-0

September 7th
50kg Joe Nevin (Ireland) lost to Ray Diaz (USA) 1-2 (Last 16)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) beat Abibe Bennams (France) 3-0
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Abylay Ybraimov (Kazakhstan) 3-0
70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) beat Djallal Bouchkouk (Algeria) 3-0 (last 16)
80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Vladislav Ivanov (Russia) 0-3 (last 16)

September 8th (last 16)
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) v Lewis Cooley (England)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) v Samatali Toltayev (Kazakhstan)
54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) v Namoja Gavrilovic (Serbia)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Koryan Astoyan (Armenia)
66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) v Joshua Mataele (Trinidad & Tobago)
75kg Anthony Johnston (Ireland) lost to Cristhian Pinder (Cuba) W/O

September 9th
70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) v Bayren Malkan (Turkey)

Irish squad
46kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin)
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
50kg Joe Nevin (Kilcullen)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Old School) cpt
54kg Sean Purcell (Marble City)
57kg Eric Nash (Ardnaree)
60kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
63kg Jack Conroy (Mullingar)
66kg Paul Ryan (Bay City)
70kg Tommy Hyde (Setanta)
75kg Anthony Johnston (Gleann)
80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
80+kg Martin J Mongan (Ennis)

Team Manager Paddy Osbourne

Coaches Billy McClean, Dmitry Dmitruk, Fergal McKenna

Joe O'Neill

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