Kelyn Cassidy kicked off Ireland’s campaign at the European U22 Championships in Romania with a win.
The Waterford middleweight took on Armenia’s Armen Minasyan in the 75kg Round of 32, and scored a brilliant unanimous decision win in Braila.
After a cagey first round in what was his Irish international debut, southpaw Cassidy kicked into gear in an impressive second round. His Eastern European opponent would start the final round strongly, but Cassidy showed tremendous grit to claw his way on top to seal the win.
The Saviours Crystal boxer was the only Irish boxer in action today, and is now just two wins away from a medal. Jordan Moore and Kurt Walker are through the ropes tomorrow.
European U22 Championships Braila, Romania March 14th-22nd
75kg: Keyln Cassidy (Ireland) bt Armen Minasyan (Armenia) 5-0
52kg: Jordan Moore (Ireland) v Anry Tyshkavenko (Ukraine)
56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Adrian Powal (Poland)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Ireland) v Vitalii Tereshchuk (Ukraine)
91kg Geoffrey Kavanagh (Ireland) v Adam Hamari (Hungary)
91kg+: Thomas Carty (Ireland) v Vitalii Pakuliak (Ukraine)
60kg: Dylan Duffy (Ireland) v Romano Marengo (Netherlands)
64kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) v Mikhail Baisiakov (Belarus)
81kg: Brian Kennedy (Ireland) v Polneikis Kalamaras (Greece)
52kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg Dylan Duffy (Pegasus)
64kg Keith Flavin (Paulstown)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family Drogheda)
75kg Keyln Cassidy (Saviours Crystal)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys Daingean)
91kg Geoffrey Kavanagh (Glasnevin)
91+kg Thomas Carty (Glasnevin) Captain
Team Manager: Paddy Osbourne
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Pat McDonagh
R&J: Philip Rooney