Ireland beat France in Dublin Round Robin Opener

An Ireland team (featuring one German) defeated a French team (featuring one Russian) this afternoon 6:4 in the opening bout of the International Round Robin tournament in Dublin.

Christina Desmond, Kelly Harrington, Steven Donnelly, Dean Gardiner, and Ken Okungbowa, along with temporary team member Artur Beck all had their hands raised at the National Stadium.

Athlone heavyweight Ken Okungbowa had a particularly impressive win, scoring a unanimous decision win over European U22 champion and Rio Olympian Paul Omba Biongolo.

Indeed Ireland came from behind to the win, with Okungbowa and the returning Dean Gardiner scoring wins in the final two fights to nudge Ireland ahead.

The Ireland A team will take on Russia this evening at approximately 8pm, with Germany locking horns with Italy beforehand.

Ireland B v France Results

75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Assunta Canfora (Italy) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Flora Pili (France) 5-0
56kg Jordan Rodriguez (France) beat Stephen McKenna (Ireland) 5-0
60kg Sofiane Oumiha (France) beat George Bates (Ireland) 5-0
64kg Wahlid Hambli (France) beat Wayne Kelly (Ireland) 4-1
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) beat Artem Zaitsev (Russia) 4-1
75kg Artur Beck (Germany) beat Bengoro Bamba (France) 3-2
81kg Diabira Mamadou (France) beat Michael Frayne (Ireland) 5-0
91kg Ken Okungbowa (Ireland) beat Paul Omba Biongolo (France) 5-0
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Djamili Dini Aboudou Moinze (France) 4-1

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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