Donoghue wins gold in Russia Nevin picks up silver

Willie Donoghue won gold at the Nikolay Pavlyukov Youth Memorial in Anapa, Russia this morning.

But Michael Nevin was adjudged to have lost to Russia’s Roman Kulikov in the welter final.

Donoghue, St Michael’s Athy, fly beat Kazakhstan’s Stoyan Mazur on a unanimous decision, Donoghue taking the first two rounds, Mazur edging the last.

Donoghue’s greater work rate and accuracy off two and three-punch combinations earned this well deserved victory, while Mazur had his moments with his effective left.

The Irish fly took the first round on all cards, but was caught off balance in the second with a right, but responded with another crisp combination. Mazur upped the pace in the third, but Donoghue replied in kind to anything that was thrown at him to add to his impressive reputation.

“A top class performance from Willie against a top class opponent,” said Irish coach Billy McClean.

Donoghue ascended the top of the podium the hard way, as today’s win was his fifth in five days at the tournament.

Michael Nevin is another class act. The Portlaoise BC welter, who won European Junior gold in Anapa last year, withstood some early pressure in the first round from Kulikov to take the latter part of the stanza.

Working off his raking left, Nevin, in terms of skill, punch volume and boxing ability on the outside and inside, took the final two frames against an opponent, who, while finding the target in all three rounds, was mostly outclassed.

But the judges came down in favour of the home boxer on a split. Billy McClean, describing the decision as shocking, said that the two judges that weren’t scored marked the contest 30-27 each to Nevin.

“We’re very disappointed with the decision, it was disgraceful. Willie and Michael can be very proud of their performances here today, he said.

“The entire squad can be proud of their performances at the tournament and we’re delighted to be taking home three medals. We have nine young men here making the transition to adulthood and they have represented their country with pride in the training camp and competition against the best in the world.”

McClean and Fergal McKenna were working Ireland’s corner at the Black Sea holiday resort of Anapa.

The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport (Terminal 1) at 10pm this Saturday, April 4th.

Nikolay Pavlyukov Youth Memorial in Anapa, Russia

April 3rd (Finals)
49kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Stoyan Mazur (Kazakhstan) 3-0
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) lost to Roman Kulikov (Russia) 1-2

April 2nd (S/Finals)

49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) lost to Saken Bibosinov (Kazakhstan) 0-3
52kg Willie Donioghue (Ireland) beat Oybek Zhuraev (Uzbekistan) 3-0
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Bibert Tumenev (Russia) W/O

April 1st (Q/Finals)

49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) beat Kamranbek Eshimatov (Uzbekistan) 2-1
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Fatkhidim Khamroev (Kyrgyzstan) 3-0
56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) lost to Demitry Krazhkov (Russia) 1-2
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Batyr Sappashev (Kazakhstan) 3-0
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) lost to David Moral-Gutterrez (Cuba) 0-3

March 31st (Last 16)

49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) beat Rustan Khamidov (Kazakhstan) 3-0
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Mikhail Dozomov (Russia) 3-0
56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) beat Denista Benito Boltonov (Russia) 3-0
60kg Tiernan Bradley (Ireland) lost to Spartak Tomaryan (Armenia) 0-3
64kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) lost to Ivan Kozloysky (Russia) 0-3
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Guseyn Tarveroili (Azerbaijan) 3-0
69kg Lewis Crocker (Ireland) lost to Saipan Antonyan (Russia) 1-2
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Gleb Gulik (Russia) 2-1
81kg Sean Conroy (Ireland) lost to Vladimir Uzunyan (Russia) 0-3

March 30th (Last 32)

52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Aldah Oshorov (Russia) 3-0
64kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Artem Kakulyan (Russia) 3-0

Irish squad

49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School) (Bronze)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy) (Gold)
56kg Francis Cleary (Olympic)
60kg Tiernan Bradley (Sacred Heart Omagh)
64kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
69kg Louis Crocker (Holy Trinity)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Silver)
75kg John Joyce cpt (St Michael’s Athy)
81kg Sean Conroy (Ballyhaunis)

Team manageer: Gerry O’Mahony
Coaches: Billy McClean & Fergal McKenna
R&J: Martin O’Neill

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