Ireland lose to America again – but judging causes controversy


Ireland fell to another defeat tonight versus a strong United States team – however, they were not happy with how the evening’s action played out.

Following an 8-4 reverse on the opening night on Monday, Ireland were once again beaten tonight in Springfield, Massachusetts, but the 7-3 scoreline didn’t tell the full story.

Five straight split decision losses – the first two against Kelly Harrington and Gráinne Walsh being quite baffling – left Ireland with a mountain to climb in Boston to even claim a draw.

Light welter Wayne Kelly was particularly bemused by his split loss to Charlie Sheehy while newcomer Caoimhin Ferguson gave as good as he got against Panamerican silver medalist Tiger Johnson – as did George Bates versus U.S. wonderkid Marc Castro.

Senior international debutant Paddy Donovan, one weight north of his favoured 64kg, defeated Panamerican silver medalist Quinton Randall in a cagey clash to get Ireland on the board.

Another international debutant, Gerard French, had a fiery encounter with World bronze medalist Troy Isley – the American having a point deducted for the second bout in a row en-route to a unanimous win which ensured that the U.S. won overall.

Donegal-Derry middle Brett McGinty put on another relentless showing versus Nikita Ababiy, walking down the New Yorker and claiming a split-decision win, at last, for the visiting team.

The pro-styled Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes, another fighting above their natural weight, did serious damage against Khalil Coe, however the busy American took a unanimous decision win.

Kirill Afanasev then ensured a good end to the night for Ireland, defeating Adrian Tillman once again to leave the scores at 7-3.

The tour will conclude next Wednesday [March 21st] with a fight night in Manchester, New Hampshire.

60kg: Amelia Moore (Middletown, Connecticut) beat Kelly Harrington (St Mary’s) 2-1
69kg: Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) beat Gráinne Walsh (Sparticus) 2-1
60kg: Marc Castro (Fresno, California) beat George Bates (St Mary’s) 2-1
64kg: Charlie Sheehy (Brisbane, California) beat Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise) 2-1
64kg: Tiger Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) beat Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard) 2-1
69kg: Paddy Donovan (OLOL) beat Quinton Randall (Katy, Texas) 3-0
75kg: Troy Isley (Alexandria, Virginia) beat Gerard French (Clonard) 3-0
75kg: Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) beat Nikita Ababiy (Brooklyn, New York) 2-1
81kg: Khalil Coe (Jersey City, New Jersey) beat Caoimhin Hynes (Holy Trinity) 3-0
91kg: Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield) beat Adrian Tillman (Colorado Springs, Colorado) 3-0

Photo Credit: William McNamara Photography

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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: [email protected]