MEDAL ALERT: European Schoolboys Championships Day 4 Results

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Stephen Cairns, Ethan McGuckin and Michael McDonald guaranteed Ireland at least three bronze medals at the European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia today.

All three scored impressive victories in their quarter-final bouts to ensure that Ireland will occupy podium positions by the banks of the Black Sea, with Cairns and McGuckin beating Scottish opponents Cameron Whyte and Callum Stevenson in fiery Celtic derbies.

McDonald took the early route the victory, the Irish middleweight recording a first round TKO after Pavel Platon of Moldova took two counts in the opening frame.

Earlier today, William Hayden, Sean Crowley and Ruairi Brennan bowed out.

Hayden, targeting a semi-final spot and at least bronze, was beaten on a unanimous decision by Russia’s Sergei Ukhan and Brennan was beaten on a unanimous verdict by Vladystav Marchuk of the Ukraine in the last-16.

Brennan dropped Marchuk in the third and the Ukrainian took a standing count. But two of the judges still scored all three rounds to the Eastern European light-middleweight!

Crowley was involved in a tight affair with Vadzim Kurbachou, the Belarusian getting the nod 29-28 across the board.

Keeyln Geraghty, Brandon McCarthy, Jake Tucker and Francis Quinn will be in last-eight action tomorrow at the 24-nation Championships. The semi-finals and finals will be resolved on Saturday and Sunday.

Seven Irish boxers remain in the 13th edition of tournament since Rome 2003.

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European Schoolboy Championships

November 1st (Preliminaries)
41kg: Killian Geraghty (Ireland) beat Richard Bernath (Hungary) 2-1
52kg Luke Hurley (Ireland) lost to Semion Kamanin (Estonia) 1-2
44.5kg: John Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Martin Kecsmeti (Hungary) 0-3
50kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) lost to Sergi Shelomentsev (Russia) 0-3
62kg William Hayden (Ireland) beat Artash Manukyan (Armenia) 2-1

November 2nd (Preliminaries)
38.5kg Keelyn Roche (Ireland) lost to Metehan Aduguzel (Turkey) 0-3
48kg Michael Myers (Ireland) lost to Matko Prtenjaca (Croatia) 1-2
76kg+ Calium Glynn (Ireland) lost to Jan Kurucz (Slovakia) 0-3

November 3rd (Preliminaries)
40kg Stephen Cairns (Ireland) beat Samet Gumus (Turkey) 2-1
46kg: Paul Loonam (Ireland) lost to Guclu Ahmetcan (Turkey) 1-2
59kg: Gavin Rafferty (Ireland) lost to Kaan Aykutsak (Turkey) 1-2
65kg Ethan McGuckin (Ireland) beat Samvel Suvaryan (Armenia) 3-0

November 4th (Q/Finals)
40kg Stephen Cairns (Ireland) beat Cameron Whyte (Scotland) 3-0
54kg Sean Crowley (Ireland) lost to Vadzim Kurbachou (Belarus) 0-3
62kg William Hayden (Ireland) lost to Sergei Ukhan (Russia) 0-3
65kg Ethan McGuckin (Ireland) beat Callum Stevenson (Scotland) 3-0
72kg: Ruairi Brennan (Ireland) lost to Vladystav Marchuk (Ukraine) 0-3 (last 16)
76kg: Michael McDonald (Ireland) beat Pavel Platon (Moldova) TKO1

November 5th (Q/Finals)
41kg Killian Geraghty (Ireland) v Denis McCann (England)
43kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Akram Ghazi (Israel)
56kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) v Bohdan Sereda Ukraine)
68kg Francis Quinn (Ireland) v Gyula Varga (Hungary)

November 7th (S/Finals)
40kg Stephen Cairns (Ireland) v Patrik Paszok (Hungary)
65kg Ethan McGuckin (Ireland) v Dan Ilyushonok (Israel)
76kg Michael McDonald (Ireland) v Norbert Kokeny (Hungary)

Irish squad
38.5kg: Keelyn Roche (St Aidens)
40kg: Stephen Cairns (Loughmahon) (Bronze,at least)
41kg: Killian Geraghty (Esker)
43kg: Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
44.5kg: John Donoghue (Portlaoise)
46kg: Paul Loonam (St Carthages)
48kg: Michael Myers (Crumlin)
50kg: Michael Stokes (Athlone)
52kg: Luke Hurley (Tramore)
54kg: Sean Crowley (Arklow)
56kg: Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity)
59kg: Gavin Rafferty (St Cianians)
62kg: William Hayden (Crumlin)
65kg: Ethan McGuckin (Cookstown) (Bronze, at least)
68kg: Francis Quinn (Cookstown)
72kg: Ruairi Brennan (St Annes)
76kg: Michael McDonald (Darndale) (Bronze, at least)
76+kg: Calium Glynn (Cherry Orchard)

Team manager: Paddy Gallagher
Coaches: Egor Khmil, Eoin Pluck, Tom Murray
R&J: John Casey

Joe O'Neill

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