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Irish boxers claim nine medals at Dutch Multi-Nations

Irish fighters claimed nine medals at the Eindhoven Box Cup in the Netherlands over the weekend.

Three golds, four silvers, and two bronze were plundered in Holland from 12 boxers representing the IABA, IATBA, and individual clubs.

For the IABA, Michael Nevin and James McGivern topped the middleweight and lightweight podiums following impressive unanimous decisions over Jaber Dahou of the Netherlands and England’s Cam Shaw.

Kieran Molloy however had to hand Belgian Nabil Messaoudi a walkover in their decider after suffering a cut in his semi-final victory yesterday.

The other Irish gold came from Christina Desmond who, on her return to welterweight, edged England’s Stephanie Wroe on a split to take top prize for Fr Horgan’s.

In the lightweight decision Belfast’s Alanna Nihell was beaten by Russian Olympic bronze medalist Anastasia Beliakova.

Also defeated in the finals was Dean Gardiner who dropped a 4-1 split to England’s Chez Nihell – husband of Alanna – in a close super-heavy final .

For the IATBA Ken Okungbowa, who defeated Dubliner Kirill Afanasev in the semis, was also beaten in the finals on a split-decision today by Rany Hadj Aissa.

Finally another Fr Horgan’s boxer, featherweight Tiegan Russell, picked up bronze yesterday.

Joseph Kelly, Conor Ivors, and Gary McKenna were all eliminated at the quarter final stage.

Eindhoven Box Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands

October 20th
57kg Tiegan Russell (Ireland) beat Biana Ciccarelli (Belgium) 3-0
64kg Gary McKenna (Ireland) lost to Aïto Koster (Netherlands) 0-3
64kg Joseph Kelly (Ireland) lost to Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg (Mongolia) 0-3
69kg Conor Ivors (Ireland) lost to Nabil Messaoudi (Belgium) 0-3
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Irina Avtina (Russia) 3-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Ruben Veciuna (Belgium) 3-2

October 21st
57kg Tiegan Russell (Ireland) lost to Natalya Samokhina (Russia) 2-3
60kg Alanna Nihell (Ireland) beat Beata Dudekova (Netherlands) 5-0
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Adem Kartal (Germany) 5-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Peter Love (England) 5-0
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Myrea van den Ijssel (Netherlands) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Vladislav Jaskul (Netherlands) TKO2
91kg Ken Okungbowa (Ireland) beat Kirill Afanasev (Ireland) 5-0

October 22nd
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Cam Shaw (England) 5-0
60kg Alanna Nihell (Ireland) lost to Anastasia Beliakova (Russia) 0-5
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) lost to Nabil Messaoudi (Belgium) W/O
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Stephanie Wroe (England) 3-2
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Jaber Dahou (Holland) 5-0
91kg Ken Okungbowa lost to Rany Hadj Aissa (France) 1-4
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Chezerate Nihell (England) 1-4

Irish fighters at Eindhoven Box Cup
57kg Tiegan Russell (Fr Horgan’s) (Bronze)
60kg Alanna Nihell (British Army) (Silver)
60kg James McGivern (St George’s) (Gold)
64kg Gary McKenna (Old School)
64kg Joseph Kelly (St Canince’s)
69kg Conor Ivors (St Francis’s)
69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s) (Gold)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) (Silver)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Gold)
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield) (Bronze)
91kg Ken Okungbowa (Athlone) (Silver)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) (Silver)


Joe O'Neill

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