Not in the manner he would have dreamed of but Dean Clancy finally got his hands on European gold.
The European Youth and European Junior silver medal winner was crowned European Under-22 light welterweight champion in Italy today.
The Sligo oeprator won gold at the third continetal attempt after his proposed opponent Ahmad Shtiwi of Israel pulled out of the fight this afternoon.
The teen propsect made his way to the ring and was ready to go to battle for gold.
🥇 GOLD MEDAL 🥇— IABA (@IABABOXING) June 24, 2021
Not how he would have expected it,but @dean_clancy wins by walkover v 🇮🇱 & he is confirmed as the 🥇 medal winner!
A fantastic tournament for Dean with 4️⃣ brilliant performances & he is now European Champion!
Congrats Dean!👏🇮🇪🥊#IABA #TeamIreland #U22Euros pic.twitter.com/O3OmSYHbHA
However, his opponent failed to make his ring walk and Clancy was handed a walkover. It’s not the ideal way to collect such a prestigous medal and dissapointment came across Clancy’s face when the walk over was declared – but upon realizing the achievement he celebrated gleefully.
The Sean McDermott fighter, to his credit, has been one of the tournament’s standout operators. He has been fighting since day one of the tournament and had to win four fights to reach the decider.
He accounted for Pete Novak of the Czech Republic, #3 seed Nenad Javanovic of Serbia, Lounes Hanraoui of France 3-2 and home fighter Matteo Ara en route to the final.
Clancy joins none other than Jason Quigley and two time winner Amy Broadhurst as Irish European Under-22 gold medal winners.
Adam Hession will be looking to add to the gold tally tonight when he fights Artur Bazeyan of Armenia.
European U/22 Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Pete Novak (Czech Republic) 5-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Dan Krotter (Germany) 4-1
Last 32 and 16
52kg Sean Mari (Ireland) beat Hamza Mahmood (England) 4-1
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Romane Moulan (France) 1-4
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Nenad Javanovic (Serbia) 5-0
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Moreno Fendero (France) 0-5
52kg Sean Mari (Ireland) lost to Petre Cosmin (Romania) 0-5
56kg Adam Hession (Ireland) beat Gabor Virban (Hungary) 5-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Eric Tudor (Romania) 4-1
81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Raphael Monny (France) W/O
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) beat Dariusz Lasotta (Germany) RSC3
91kg+ Gytis Lisinskas (Ireland) lost to Vincenzo Fiaschetti (Italy) 1-4
60kg Ellie May-Gartland (Ireland) Lost to Peige Richardson (England) 0-5
56kg Adam Hession Ireland) beat Bashir Bajwa (Germany) 5-0
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Lounes Hanraoui (France) 3-2
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) lost to Harris Akbar (England) 0-5
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) beat Andrei Zaplitni (Moldova) 5-0
56kg Adam Hession (Ireland) beat Pawel Brach (Poland) W/O
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Matteo Ara (Italy) 5-0
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) lost to Artyan Yardanyar (Georgia) 0-5
56kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Artur Bazeyan (Armenia)
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Ahmad Shtiwi (Israel)
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
60kg Ellie May-Gartland (Clonmel)
52kg Sean Mari (Monkstown)
56kg Adam Hession (Monivea) (Silver, at least)
63kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott) (Silver, at least)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
81kg Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg Jack Marley (Monkstown) (Bronze)
91kg+ Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles)
Team Manager: Tara Mari
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Damain Kennedy, James Doyle
Physio: David Cooke