Gabriel Dossen disgusted as towel is thrown in in European Under-22 quarter-final

Gabriel Dossen saw himself stopped this afternoon in Vladikavkaz as his European Under-22 Championships campaign ended in agonising fashion.

The Galway lightweight was up against the Russian home favourite, Aleksei Semykin, in the semi-finals this afternoon looking to guarantee a bronze medal and join Dundalk’s reigning lightweight champion Amy Broadhurst on the podium this weekend.

Up to this point, Dossen had been peerless, posting wide wins over Moldovan Andrei Vreme and Romanian Alberto Simion while Semykin had beaten Italian Giovanni Sarchioto and edged past Azeri Amin Kushkov on a 3-2 split but the Russian was too strong for the Irish talent who again finds himself denied at the quarter-final stage in this competition.

Two heavy knockdowns in the second round changed the complexion of a, until then, razor tight fight, and the towel would eventually be thrown in by Irish coach Dmitry Dmitruk in the third stanza.

The pair traded potent backhands in a nervy opener and there were some warning signs, with one particular shot from Semykin seemingly troubling Dossen – although the Russian would be lucky to avoid repercussions when he caught the Connacht southpaw with a hook almost an era after a break was called.

It was far more controlled from Dossen early on in second as he peppered Semykin with straight shots but disaster would strike in the final minute as the heavy-handed Russian caught him with an explosive counter right coming in which floored the Irishman.

Slamming the canvas in frustration, Dossen was up quickly but was sent back down by a clipping left hook.

Dossen made it into the third and went for Semykin – who again got away lightly for a pair of shots on the break. Dossen did do well in the opening half of the stanza but Semykin’s power would tell and another massive shot stiffened his legs and forced a standing count.

With the Russian powering forward, the Irish coaches would throw the towel in looking to protect their fighter – much to the teenager’s disgust, with Dossen kicking his gumshield out of the ring, punching the ropes in a rage, and looked to be fuming at Dmitruk and Philip Keogh in the corner..

The cards following the second round read 20-17, 20-17, 19-18, 19-19, 19-19 in favour of the Russian meaning that he did not have an unsurmountable task going into the third – although the standing count probably eradicated his chances.

Pride hurt, Dossen looked devastated at the announcement of the result but the talented 19-year-old will no doubt be back, with the European Games in June looking to be his next major target.

Ireland has one more fighter in action today at 3:00pm (Irish time) when Galway flyweight Adam Hession will box for bronze. In what will be his major tournament debut for Ireland, the recent Elite champion goes in against Ukrainian Rostyslav Bilostotksyi, a bronze medallist at light flyweight in the 2017 tournament.

You can watch Hession’s fight on the live stream below:

The draws in full can be seen here.

Friday March 8th
(Last 16)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat En Gizem (Turkey) 5-0
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Ireland) lost to Chelsey Heijnen (Netherlands) RSC2

Saturday March 9th
Last 32
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Oleg Chulkyacheyev (Ukraine) 5-0
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Sam Wagensvela (Netherlands) 4-1
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Sunday March 10th
Last 16
57kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Victoria Glover (Scotland) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost Beslan Khamzaev (Russia) 1-4
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Mike McDonagh (Wales) 0-5

Monday March 11th
Last 16
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) lost to Vakhid Abbasov (Russia) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Alberto Simion (Romania) 5-0

Tuesday March 12th
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Giovanna Marchese (Italy) 0-5
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Anastasiya Shamonovan (Russia) 0-5

Wednesday March 13th
52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Aleksei Semykin (Russia) AB3

Friday March 15th
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Fatia Benmassahel (France)

48kg No entrant
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
54kg No entrant
56kg No entrant
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthony’s)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Bronze, at least)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg No entrant
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) C
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) C
81kg No entrant
81kg No entrant
+81kg No entrant
91kg No entrant
+91kg No entrant

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh


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Joe O'Neill

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