By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer
Stephen McKenna and James McGivern had to settle for silver at the European Youth Championships finals in Kolobrzeg, Poland yesterday.
The Monaghan and Belfast duo were adjudged to have lost to Azerbaijan’s Ismayil Huseynov and Germany’s Denis Gashi in the light-fly and light finals.
Huseynov was on the floor three times in the second round – on each occasion it was ruled a slip, as McKenna, who found the target with the majority of cleaner and more solid shots throughout, dominated.
McGiven was involved in a much tighter affair with Gashi. Both boxers had their moments in the first and second round, Gashi landing a good left at the end of the first, but McGivern returning the compliment to sent his opponent crashing back against the ropes in the second.
McGivern also found the target with the majority of punches in the third, but the decision went to the German.
Michael Nevin was crowned European 2015 Youth champion earlier today on walkover after Azerbaijan’s Ismayil Huseynov withdrew with an injury.
Nevin now has the unique distinction of winning European Schoolboy, European Junior and European Youth gold medals – and he’s still underage for Youth boxing next year.
Nevin won four bouts in five days en route to the 69kg final, including a semi-final victory over Russia’s current AIBA World Youth champion Bibert Tumenov.
Additionally, Willie Donoghue and John Joyce will be bringing home bronze.
McKenna, Donoghue and Joyce will bid adieu to their impressive Youth careers this weekend as all three are slated to make their debuts at the Irish Elite Championships over the next two weeks.
The finals brought the curtain down on Ireland’s international campaign for 2015. Our boxers has won medals in every international tournament entered in 2015.
Click here for all results so far this year (except the National Elites which are taking place at the National Stadium in Dublin)
*Team Ireland are due to arrive home at 12.40pm on Sunday afternoon via Dublin Airport.*
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European Youth Championships, Kolobrzeg, Poland
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Andreas Kayzourakis (Greece) 3-0
November 22nd (Last 16)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Kiril Rusinov (Bulgaria) 3-0
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Anton Stselmakhau (Belarus) 1-2
81kg Cormac Long (Ireland) lost to Aleksandr Khalayeu (Belarus) 0-3
56kg Frankie Cleary (Ireland) lost to Sandor Tar (Hungary) 1-2
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Heorhi Varashylau (Belarus) TKO3
November 24th (Last 16)
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Rasmus Bergman (Finland) 3-0
64kg Adam Kelly (Ireland) lost to Artur Prygoga (Ukraine) 0-3
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Djessim Boulefkhad (France) 3-0
November 25th Q/Finals
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) beat Deiv Puodziunas (Lithuania) TKO3
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Adniry Tyshkovets (Ukraine) 3-0
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Karol Kowal (Poland) 3-0
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Muhammed Abdrilrasoon (Finland) 3-0
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Ben Whittaker (England) 2-1
November 27th (S/Finals)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) beat Hamset Shadalaow (Germany) 3-0
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Akash Tuqir (England) 0-3
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Temiran Khangishev (Russia) 2-1
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Bibert Tumenov (Russia) 2-1
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) lost to Dzhamal Makhudov (Russia) 0-3
November 28th (Finals)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) lost to Ruslan Rustamov (Azerbaijan) 0-3
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) lost to Denis Gashi (Germany) 1-2
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Ismayil Huseynov (Azerbaijan) W/O
49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School) (Silver)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy) (Bronze)
56kg Frankie Cleary (Olympic) cpt
60kg James McGivern (St Georges) (Silver)
64kg Adam Kelly (Ballynacargy)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Gold)
75kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) (Bronze)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
Team Manager: Brian Wallace
Coaches: John Conlan, Dmitry Dmitruk, Michael Mongan
R&J: Sadie Duffy