Five into Quarter Finals at World Junior Championships – fight for medals tomorrow

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Eamer Coughlan, Sean Purcell, Paddy Donovan and Paul Ryan joined Tommy Hyde in the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Junior Championships in St Petersburg, Russia today.

But Irish captain Aaron McKenna bowed out following a controversial defeat.

Coughlan forced England’s Lewis Cooley into two standing counts and the ref called a halt to proceedings in the third and Purcell showed his class in a unanimous decision over Serbian bantam Namoja Gavrilovic.

Donovan impressed against Koryan Astoyan and except for needing some medical attention for a nose bleed in the third, stylish Dublin southpaw Ryan was always in control against the game but outclassed Joshua Mataele.

All four boxers, along with Hyde, will compete for at least bronze tomorrow.

McKenna was controversially adjudged to have lost on a split decision to Samatali Toltayev. The Irish skipper forced the pace and found the target with the majority of the cleaner shot against a lively but inaccurate opponent, but the judges leaned in favour of the Kazakh.

Irish coach Billy McClean said that the entire Irish team and management staff were disgusted with the decision, adding that he believed that McKenna clearly won the bout.

Anthony Johnston ceded a walkover today 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) beat Lewis Cooley (England) TKO3
52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) lost to Samatali Toltayev (Kazakhstan) 1-2
54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) beat Namoja Gavrilovic (Serbia) 3-0
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Koryan Astoyan (Armenia) 3-0
66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) beat Joshua Mataele (Trinidad & Tobago) 3-0
75kg Anthony Johnston (Ireland) lost to Cristhian Pinder (Cuba) W/O

September 9th
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) v Pasquale Di Sivo (Italy)
54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) v Taras Bondarchuk (Ukraine)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Marrambek Kaikuev (Kyrgyzstan)
66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) v Milan Prat (France)
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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