Going for Gold – FOUR Irish fighters in European Youth finals

It’s one of the biggest days for Irish underage boxing ever with four fighters going for European Youth gold in Italy.

A quarter of the 16-boxer team have reached the finals in Roseto and all will box for gold this afternoon.

There were four wins from six in the semi-finals yesterday, with women’s team captain Lauren Hogan and Jude Gallagher being forced to settle for bronze.

With a quartet of silvers guaranteed, Daina Moorehouse, Dearbhla Rooney, Evelyn Igharo, and Dean Clancy will now look to make it a historic day for Irish boxing.

First up is last year’s European Junior gold medalist Moorehouse who faces Russian Ksenia Becshastnova in the light fly final. This will be the first bout of the session at 1:00pm.

At around 1:55pm it is the turn of Leitrim featherweight Dearbhla Rooney. The Sean McDermott’s fighter had a sensational win over Russia yesterday and will box Slovakian Jessica Triebelova – a double European Junior gold medalist – in today’s decider.

Just after 2:30pm will be the final Irish fighter in of the afternoon session with Louth light welter Evelyn Igharo boxing England’s Gemma Richardson, a European Junior gold and silver medalist who has previously defeated the rangey Clann Naofa fighter at the Monkstown Box Cup.

Moving on to the evening session, at 5:15pm there is another Ireland v England affair at flyweight with last year’s European Junior silver medalist Dean Clancy of Sligo taking on Ivan Price. The Leeds fighter has plenty of Irish previous having defeated Terry Donoghue in the final of the 2016 European Juniors and Davey Oliver Joyce Jr en-route to claiming European Youth silver last year.

All times Irish time.

The fights also have a big impact beyond medals for Rooney and Clancy. A gold medal today, and a gold medal only, will secure them a place in the Youth Olympics in Argentina this Autumn.

The European Youths have also acted as a qualifier for the World Youth Championships. All six Irish medalists and Galway light heavyweight Edward Barrett are assured of their spots at the World Championships in Hungary this Summer.

Kilkenny bantamweight Brandon McCarthy will be cheering on Maksym Halinichev in the 56kg final as a win for the Ukrainian versus the home favourite Daniele Oggiano will secure him a spot at the Worlds.

European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy April 17/26
April 25th
48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) v Kseniia Beschastnova (Russia)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Ivan Price (England)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Jessica Triebelova (Slovakia)
65kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Gemma Richardson (England)

April 24th
48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) beat Maxi Klotzer (Germany) 4-1
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Atilla Bernath (Hungary) 0-5
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Yurii Tomiuk (Ukraine) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Valeria Radionova (Russia) 3-2
65kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) beat Maria Sedaya (Ukraine) 5-0
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Elsidata Selaj (Albania) 0-5

April 22nd
48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) beat Marta Lopez (Spain) 5-0
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Seyran Yeghikyan (Armenia) 5-0
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Muhamet Qamili (Albania) 2-3
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Nikolina Cacic (Croatia) 4-1
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) beat Anita Zilic (Croatia) RSC1
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) beat Sena Erdogen (Turkey) 3-0

April 21st
Last 16
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) lost to Liubov Sharpova (Russia) 1-4
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Aycan Guldagi (Turkey) 0-5
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Ireland) lost to Stephanie von Berge (Germany) AB3

52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Patrick Cappi (Italy) 4-1
81kg Aoibhe Carrabine (Ireland) lost to Sagit Emanur (Turkey) 0-5
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) lost to Karol Itauma (England) 0-5

April 20th
Last 16
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Ali Dagly (Ukraine) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Murat Ugurlu (Turkey) 5-0
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Joe Tyres (England) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) lost to Ilya Popov (Russia) 1-4
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) lost to Konstantin Barbosu (Hungary) 1-4

April 19th
Last 16
48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) beat Jvanisova Olena (Ukraine) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Weronikia Pawlak (Poland) 5-0
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) beat Ahmad Abdun Abu (Israel) 4-0

Last 32
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland beat Maksim Pankou (Belarus) 5-0
60kg Alex Higgins (Ireland) lost to Bojan Timotijevic (Serbia) 1-4

April 18th
Last 32
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Alexander Tanko (Slovakia) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Kilp Frank (Germany) 5-0
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Michal Jarlinski (Poland) 5-0
75kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Gabrijel Veocic (Croatia) 2-3

Irish squad
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott)
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Geesala)
60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgan’s)
64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
69kg Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.)
75kg Kane Tucker (Holy Family GG) Captain
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigids Edenderry) Captain
81kg Aoibhe Carabine (Geesala)
81kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)

IABA President Dom O’Rourke
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell and Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just
R&J John Casey


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie