Four Irish boxers to fight for bronze at European Youth Championships


Four Irish boxers have reached the quarter-finals of the European Youth Championships in Turkey and will box for bronze over the next two days.

The 27th edition of the championships are ongoing in Antalya and there will be Irish interest at the business-end of the tournament.

Limerick phenom Paddy Donovan has scored two stoppages to reach the quarters in the light welterweight class. The OLOL star knocked out Polish and Slovenian opposition and will now take on home favourite Tugrulhan Erdemir for bronze on Wednesday in what will be a repeat of their 2015 World Junior final – which Erdermir edged.

Sligo slugger Jordan Myers has come through two wars to reach the quarters at middleweight. The European Schoolboys gold medalist overcame Israeli and Bulgarian opposition and will now fight Serbian Djozdic Buksic for bronze, also on Wednesday.

Cousin of the Rio Olympian, Davey Oliver Joyce Jr defeated Azeri Amid Alizada yesterday and the Ballymun flyweight will face England’s Ivan Price for bronze tomorrow.

World Youth bronze medalist Gabriel Dossen cruised to the quarters with classy wins over Estonia and Ukraine, and the Galway speedster will now box Azeri Nijat Hasanov for bronze tomorrow.

Craig Kavanagh, Terry Donoghue, and Eamer Coughlan bowed out earlier in the competition.

Ireland won a silver and bronze at last year’s tournament courtesy of Oliver McCarthy and Terry McEntee respectively.

European Youth Championships Antalya. Turkey October 21st/29th
October 21st Preliminaries
Last 32
56kg Craig Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to David Kharmats (Israel) 1-4
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) lost to Artur Szachbazian (Czech Republic) TKO2
64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Konrad Dialas (Poland) TKO2
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Pavel Kamanin (Estonia) 5-0

October 22nd
Last 16
49kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Danil Lysenko (Russia) 1-4
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Amid Alizada (Azerbaijan) 3-2
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Olek Kravets (Ukraine) 5-0

Last 32
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Rami Kiwan (Bulgaria) 3-2

October 23rd
Last 16
64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Tomi Lorencic (Slovenia) TKO3
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Zav Yan (Israel) 5-0

October 24th
Q/Finals
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Ivan Price (England)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Nijat Hasanov (Azerbaijan)

October 25th
Q/Finals
64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) v Tugrulhan Erdemir (Turkey)
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) v Djozdic Buksic (Serbia)

Irish squad
49kg Terry Donoghue (St Michaels Athy BC)
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun BC)
56kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin BC)
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown BC)
64kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic BC)
75kg Jordan Myers (Sligo City BC)

Head Coach: Zauri Antia
Coach: John Conlan
R&J: Diarmuid MacDiarmada

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Joe O'Neill

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