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Going for Gold- O’Reilly into middleweight decider

Michael O’Reilly is through to the 75kg final at the European Games on a walkover.

The Portlaoise BC middleweight was due to meet Maxim Koptyakov at approximately 10am this morning (Irish time).

But the Russian has withdrawn from the semi-final after picking up an injury.

O’Reilly, now guaranteed at least silver, will meet either Xaybula Musalov of Azerbaijan or Zoltan Harsca of Hungary in Saturday’s final.

Katie Taylor and Sean McComb will be in semi-final action between 8.45am and 9.15am this morning. Taylor and McComb and opponents weighed in this morning.

1st European Games Baku, Azerbaijan

June 16th
52kg Myles Casey (Ireland) beat Ivan Fihurenka (Belarus) 3-0
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Nazirov Bakhtovar (Russia) 1-2
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Ionut Jitaru (Romania) 3-0

June 17th
69kg Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Alban Bequri (Albania) 3-0
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Pol Sanjin Vrgoc (Croatia) 3-0

June 18th
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Tymur Beliak (Ukraine) 3-0

June 19th
49kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Tinko Banabakov (Bulgaria) 3-0
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Camila Johansen (Norway) 3-0

June 20th
52kg Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Elvin Mamishzada (Azerbaijan) 0-3
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Elena Saveleva (Russia) 0-3
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Donato Cosenza (Italy) 3-0
69kg Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Dario Morello (Italy) 3-0
91kg + Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Guido Vianello (Italy) 3-0

June 21st
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Denista Eliseeva (Bulgaria) 3-0
64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) beat Maxim Dadashev (Russia) 2-1
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Emir Sabotic (Montenegro) 3-0
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Raitis Sinkevics (Latvia) 3-0

June 22nd


49kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Salman Alizida (Azerbaijan) 2-1
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Salana Sagatavea (Russia) 1-2
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost Tony Yoka (France) 0-3

June 23rd


60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Yasin Yilmaz (Turkey) 3-0
64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) lost to Kastriot Sopa (Germany) 0-3
69kg Adam Nolan (Ireland) lost to Josh Kelly (Great Britain) 1-2

June 24th

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Ida Lundblad (Sweden) 3-0
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Alijaz Venko (Slovenia) 3-0
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Gevorg Manukian (Ukraine) 1-2

49kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Dmytro Zamotayev (Ukraine) 3-0

June 25th


49kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Bator Sagaluev (Russia) 1-2

June 26th


60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Yana Alekeevna (Azerbaijan)
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Albert Selimov (Azerbaijan)
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Maxim Koptyakov (Russia) W/O

June 27th


75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Xaybula Musalov (Azerbaijan) or Zoltan Harcsa (Hungary)

Irish Squad


51kg – flyweight – Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg – bantamweight – Michaela Walsh (Holy Family)

60kg – lightweight – Katie Taylor (Bray) (Bronze, at least)


49kg – light-flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s Antrim) (Silver)

52kg – flyweight – Myles Casey (St Francis)

56kg – bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal)

60kg – lightweight – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity) (Bronze, at least)

64kg -light-welterweight – Dean Walsh (St Josephs/St Ibars)

69kg – welterweight – Adam Nolan (Bray)

75kg – middleweight – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise) (Silver, at least)

91kg – heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91kg+ – super-heavyweight – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Joe Hennigan

Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Pete Taylor, Gerry Storey

Physio: Jullianne Ryan

Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary

Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years