Gabriel Dossen desperately unlucky to miss out on European bronze following SD loss

There was despair for Gabriel Dossen at the European U22 Championships in Romania this afternoon.

The Galway welterweight, competing at middleweight, was cruelly edged out at the quarter-final stage, missing out on a bronze medal following a close split decision loss.

The World and European Youth bronze medalist, from the Olympic club, was beaten by Georgian Giorgi Kharabadze, a European Junior gold and European Youth bronze medalist, after three close rounds in Targu Jiu.

A cagey opener saw southpaw Dossen, the much longer fighter staying outside as Kharabadze lunged in, making it messy.

The Eastern European had a good start to round two, landing some big shots, but Dossen regained control in the second half and began to time and counter effectively.

Dossen continued this in the final round, dictating the pace, before a strong finish from the Georgian which secured him the split-decision win and leaving the Irish fighter heartroken.

Louth lightweight Amy Broadhurst and Roscommon middleweight, Ireland’s last remaining fighters, are both in semi-final action this evening looking to upgrade their bronze medals to silvers when they face Belinda Limuka (France) and Carlotta Paoletti (Italy) respectively.

Watch these fights from 5:00pm live HERE.

March 25th
Last 16
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Aikaterini Koutsogeorgo (Greece) 0-5
57kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Nedkova Ivanova (Bulgaria) 1-4

March 26th
Last 16
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Maksim Stakheev (Russia) 1-4

Last 32
91kg Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) lost to Felix Kuhne (Germany) 0-5

March 27th
Last 16
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Hambardum Hakobya (Armenia) 4-1
56kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Eusebi Jitaru (Romania) 0-5

March 28th
48kg Shannon Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Mari-Emi Todorova (Bulgaria) 0-5
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Esra Yildiz (Turkey) 5-0

March 29th
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Giorge Kharabadze (Georgia)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) V Belinda Limuka (France)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Carlotta Paoletti (Italy)


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Joe O'Neill

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