Ireland will be taking home six medals from the 14th European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
The colour of those medals will be determined at the weekend, but, as things stand, at least six bronze are in the post.
Cain Lewis, Patrick Collins, Jason Myers and Jason Irwin impressively won in the quarter-finals today to join Francis Maughan and William Hayden, who both won yesterday, in the semi-finals.
Lewis and Collins did a double over Italy’s Daniel Salerno and Giuseppe Recuderoi and Myers completed the hat-trick against Romania’s Valentin Laurentiu this afternoon. Top performances all round from the trio.
Irwin excelled en route to a unanimous decision over Ageev Nikitin of Russia this evening.The Castleblaney BC stand out refused to be bullied, held his ground when he had to in the face of almost constant aggression and repeatedly found the target with slick shots off both hands.
Jonathan Hughes and Jamie Edwards were involved in cracking bouts this evening but had to settle for a top eight finish.
Hughes, who showed his class in sportingly hold the hand of his opponent aloft after a fiery three-rounder, was on the wrong end of the unanimous decision to Maksym Havryliuk of the Ukraine in a contest which could have gone either way.
Likewise with Edwards who gave a fine account of himself in another close battle with Andrei Voevodin, the Russian getting the verdict after three tight frames in Zagreb.
The Ireland v Russia head-to-head after seven bouts in Croatia this week now stands at 4-3 to Russia.
Friday is a rest day at the tournament.
Ireland’s semi-finalists will be back in action on Saturday targeting places in Sunday’s finals.
European Schoolboy Championships Zagreb, Croatia
Preliminaries (last 32)
44.5Kg Eoghan Quinn (Ireland) beat Kros Ermas (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 3-0
46Kg Steve Cairns (Ireland) beat Severin Yordanov (Bulgaria) 3-0
38.5KG Jerome Lonergan-Gartland (Ireland) beat Krasimer Dzhurov (Bulgaria) 2-1
44.5KG Eoghan Quinn (Ireland) beat Matteo Ferraro (Italy) 3-0
40KG Thomas Donovan (Ireland) lost to Ignas Liaudanskis (Lithuania) 1-2
46KG Steve Cairns (Ireland) lost to Maksim Demenenko (Russia) 0-3
50KG Shane O’Gorman (Ireland) lost to Nermin Ajetovic (Serbia) 0-3
July 26th – last 16
41.5KG Ger McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Mikail Harmanci (Denmark) 0-3
52KG Paddy Myers (Ireland) beat Shilov Aleksander (Russia) 3-0
54KG Francis Maughan (Ireland) beat Rakitin Ilya (Russia) 2-1
59KG Jason Irwin (Ireland) beat Gramos Berisha (Kosova) 3-0
62KG Matthew Tyndall (Ireland) lost to Kofan Maksym (Ukraine) 1-2
76+KG John Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Timur Avdoian (Russia) 0-3
July 27th Q/Finals
38.5KG Jerome Lonergan-Gartland (Ireland) lost to Kiril Kladovikov (Russia) 0-3
44.5KG Eoghan Quinn (Ireland) lost to Cameron Whyte (Scotland) 0-3
52KG Paddy Myers (Ireland) lost to Anton Georsiev (Bulgaria) 1-2
76KG Thomas Doherty (Ireland) lost Vasily Kaverin (Russia) 0-3
54KG Francis Maughan (Ireland) beat Olekski Dentsenkov (Ukraine) 2-1
65KG William Hayden (Ireland) beat Nazar Karaka (Belarus) TKO2
July 28th Q/Finals
43KG Jonathan Hughes (Ireland) lost to Maksym Havryliuk (Ukraine) 0-3
48KG Cain Lewis (Ireland) beat Daniel Salerno (Italy) 2-1
56KG Patrick Collins (Ireland) beat Giuseppe Recuderoi (Italy) 3-0
59KG Jason Irwin (Ireland) beat Ageev Nikitin (Russia) 3-0
68KG Jason Myers (Ireland) beat Valentin Laurentiu (Romania) 3-0
72KG Jamie Edwards (Ireland) lost to Andrei Voevodin (Russia) 0-3
July 30th S/Finals
48KG Cain Lewis (Ireland) v Vlasiuk Maksym (Ukraine)
54KG Francis Maughan (Ireland) v Matej Hlaca (Croatia)
56KG Patrick Collins (Ireland) v Alexandru Badea (Romania)
59KG Jason Irwin (Ireland) v Giacomo Micheli (Italy)
65KG William Hayden (Ireland) v Viktor Kashin (Russia)
68KG Jason Myers (Ireland) v Ryan Dickens (England)
38.5KG Jerome Lonergan Gartland (Clonmel)
40KG Thomas Donovan (Olympic)
41.5KG Gerard McDonagh (Glen) Captain
43KG Jonathon Hughes (Jobstown)
44.5KG Eoghan Quinn (St.Johns Derry)
46KG Steven Cairns (Loughmahon)
48KG Cian Lewis (Ballymun) (Bronze, at least)
50KG Shane O’Gorman (St.Malachys)
52KG Paddy Myers (Sligo City)
54KG Francis Maughan (St.Marys Dublin) (Bronze, at least)
56KG Patrick Collins (Baldoyle) (Bronze, at least)
59KG Jason Irwin (Castleblaney) (Bronze, at least)
62KG Matthew Tyndall (Monkstown Dublin)
65KG William Hayden (Crumlin) (Bronze, at least)
68KG Jason Myers (Titans) (Bronze, at least)
72KG Jamie Edwards (Crumlin)
76KG Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
76+KG John Sweeney (Ennis)
Team Manager: Paddy Gallagher (Maynooth)
Coaches: Igor Khmil (Smithfield), JP Kinsella (Monkstown), Eoin Pluck (Arklow), Brian Barry (Riverstown)
R&J: Martin Fennessy (Clonmel)