Jamie Collins blasted his way to a European Junior Championship medal this evening.
The latest talent off the Driminagh production line secured a bronze medal at the very least after a first-round stoppage win in a light flyweight quarter-final.
The teen talent stopped Serbia’s Admir Kamensnicanin to secure his place on the podium before the first stanza was done.
Collins started aggressively, immediately had his opponent penned in his own corner, and let shots go with real intent.
After being broken up by the referee the Dubliner forced Kamensnicanin to retreat to a neutral corner and let loose again, this time with a combination that forced the referee to step in and administer a standing eight.
The Serb looked toward his corner for help whilst leaning on the ropes and after the eight count, the referee waved the fight off.
As a result, Collins is now a European medal winner and will look to upgrade bronze to silver at least in the semi-finals.
The win means Ireland have won eight medals at least in Italy with Collins joining Grace Conway, Niamh Keogh, Ava Henry, Sophie Gray, Alfie Jordan, Tadhg O’Donnell and Mary McDonagh on the podium.
Feather Callum Carragher boxes for a medal against Azerbaijan’s Mahammadali Gasimzade next.
Over in Ring B, light bantam John Harty is in action in Bout 4, against Greece’s Kostantinos Sarigiannidis, and light welter, Cillian Reilly Lennon meets Armenia’s Marat Mikaelyan.
Team Ireland Squad
1. 44-46kg Alfie Jordan (Olympic L)
2. 48kg Jamie Collins (Drimnagh)
3. 50kg Calvin Doyle (Olympic L)
4. 52kg Johnny Harty (Portlaoise)
5. 54kg James Kelly (Holy Trinity)
6. 57kg Callum Carrager (Tredagh)
7. 60kg Ryan Jenkins (Olympic L)
8. 63kg Cillian Reilly (Jobstown)
9. 66kg Tadhg O’Donnell (Four Kings)
10. 70kg Charlie Valbergs (Cherry Orchard). Team Captain
11. 75kg Dylan McShane (St Pauls A)
12. 80kg Jack Teggart Weatherall (St Pauls A)
13. 80+kg Adam Olaniyan (Jobstown)
1. 44-46kg Sophie Curley Gray (Dealgan)
2. 50kg Grace Conway (Tredagh)
3. 52kg Carlagh Peake (Ballyhaunis)
4. 54kg Niamh Keogh (Olympic L)
5. 57kg Siofra Lawless (Liberty)
6. 60kg Ava Henry (Docklands) Team Captain,
7. 63kg Kayleigh Whelan (Avona)
8. 66kg Sarah Murphy (St Brigids L)
9. 70kg Jodie Byrne (St Teresa’s)
10. 75kg Mary McDonagh (Sliabh Luachra)
11. 80kg Shauna Crehan (Dunboyne)
1. Ralph McKay
2. Liam Cunningham
3. Paul O’Toole
4. Linda Morgan