Dean Clancy defeated in Youth Olympics – Boxes for Bronze tomorrow

Dean Clancy turned in a huge performance but has been beaten in the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this afternoon

The Sligo flyweight scored a good win over African champ Hichen Maouche at the weekend and today took on Britain’s Hope Price in a repeat of their European Youth Final.

Price won that day in Italy and made it two out of two today in the Argentine capital – but the English wonderkid was given a real scare.

Clancy made a strong start, winning the first round on four of the cards. Price, however, roared back and swept the second and third rounds to ensure a unanimous decision win.

An intensely close contest, the Ballincarrow boxer felt he won the bout and was left extremely disappointed when the verdict was read out.

The tournament is not over, however, for Clancy who will now box-off for bronze tomorrow versus Brazilian Panamerican Youth gold and World Youth bronze medallist Luiz Olivera who lost today on a 4-1 split to Thailand’s Asian champ Sukthet Sarawut.

Later tonight Leitrim featherweight Dearbhla Rooney is in semi-final action facing Thailand’s Panpatchara Somnuek in a repeat of their opening round bout of the World Youth Championships won on a 3-2 split by the Asian.

Youth Olympics 2018
Sunday October 14th
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Hichen Maouche (Algeria) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Roma Martinez (USA) 5-0
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Anastasia Shamonova (Russia) 0-5

Tuesday October 16th
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) lost to Hope Price (Great Britain) 0-5
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Panpatchara Somnuek (Thailand)

Irish coach: Dmitry Dimitruk

Meanwhile, at the European Junior Championships, Sligo’s Patrick Myeres lost his 80kg final to Azerbaijan’s Murad Alliahverdiyev. Ireland won 13 medals at the Championships in Anapa, 2 gold, 3 silver, and 8 bronze.


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Joe O'Neill

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