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European Union Championships – Day 2 Results – Day 3 Fixtures

Galway welterweight Kieran Molloy and Dublin heavyweight Kirill Afanasev joined Antrim bantam Kurt Walker in the last eight of the European Union Elite Men’s Championships in Valladolid, Spain yesterday.

All three are now just one win away from guaranteeing a bronze medal.

Molloy was utterly dominant and forced Belgian Ruben Veciunoa into a standing count in the second round en-route to a wide unanimous decision.

Afanasev was a 4-1 split decision winner, outslugging tough Slovak David Michalek to move into medal contention.

“It was a good day getting the two lads through today,” said Irish team manager Stephen Molloy.

Westmeath light welter Wayne Kelly is in action today at around 6:00pm against Petr Novak of the Czech Republic. Novak was defeated by Dubliner Michael Avetisian in the Eindhoven Box Cup last month

Kelly v Novak can bel watched below:

EU Elite Championships Valladolid, Spain
November 10th
Prelims (last 16)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Ruben Veciunoa (Belgium) 5-0
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Ireland) beat David Michalek (Slovakia) 4-1

November 9th
Prelims (Last 16)
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Rosenov Banbakov (Bulgaria) 1-4
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Stefan Ivanov (Bulgaria) 5-0
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Frazer Clarke (England) 1-4

November 11th
Prelims (last 16)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Petr Novak (Czech Republic)

November 12th
Prelims (last 16)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Stephan Nikitin (Germany)

November 13th
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Vincenzo Arecchiai (Italy)

November 14th
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Ireland) v Toni Filipi (Croatia)

November 15th
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Jaroslav Iwanow (Poland)

Irish squad
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard BC)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal BC)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard BC)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC)
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield BC)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel BC)

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Coaches: John Conlan & Eoin Pluck
Physiotherapist: Seamus Caffrey
Team Doctor: Jim Clover
Sports Physiologist: Damian Martin
Referee & Judge: Jim Murrin


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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