Nathan Ojo kicked the air with delight as he secured a World Youth Championship medal in Spain today.
Less than 20 minutes after the headband-wearing Jim Donovan won 67kg bronze, the Lucan star was joining him on the podium and continued the Karate Kid theme with an eye-catching celebration.
‘Orange Juice’ showed great maturity to deal with losing the first round to eventually come from behind and secure victory.
The heavyweight was 4-1 down after the first three minutes but won the second across the board to set up a tense final session.
The Esker BC fighter then produced his best when it mattered most winning the final round across the board to progress to the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
The win increases Ireland’s medal tally to two, after Donovan medalled earlier in the session, with three more fighters vying for a podium place later this evening.
In the evening session, Team Co-Captain, light heavy Dearbhla Tinnelly makes her tournament debut against Romania’s Maria Gheorghita Cimpoeru in bout 5. Middleweight TJ King takes on Belgium’s Hadit Noa in Bout 10.
Light middle Laura Moran meets home boxer, Daniela Irina Llorente Golai, in bout 3 in ring B.
The Esker big man was left with a mini mountain to climb when he lost a competitive first round 4-1
A relaxed, composed and even elusive showing in the fourth saw him win the second stanza across the board, as ‘Orange Juice’ put himself back into contention.
Momentum had clearly swung the Lucan teen’s way by the third and was full of confidence in the final three minutes. He showed great footwork, boxed behind a nice jab, and showed enough variation to win the round with relative ease.
Team Ireland Squad
48kg Thady Patsy Joyce, Olympic L, Westmeath
51kg Jack Harkin, Oakleaf BC, Derry
54kg Gavin Ryan, Ratoath BC, Meath
57kg Roy Farrelly, Avona BC, Dublin
60kg Lee McEvoy, Avona BC, Dublin
63.5kg Conor McCrory, Townland ABC.
67kg James Donovan, OLOL, Limerick
71kg Bobbi Flood, Cabra BC, Dublin
75kg TJ King, Phoenix of Ballyboughal, Dublin
80kg Ryan Murphy, Neilstown, Dublin
86kg Nathan Ojo, Esker, Dublin
92kg David McDonagh, Olympic BC, Galway
92+ Bernard Cawley, St. David’s BC, Naas
48kg Georgia McGovern, Setanta L, Kildare
50kg Caoimhe Kinsella, St Anthony’s/Pats, Wexford
52kg Esther Lambe, Setanta L, Kildare
54kg Shakira Donoghue, Templemore, Tipperary
57kg Rebecca Kavanagh, Mulhuddart,
60kg Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians BC, Dublin
63kg Rebecca Collins, Baldoyle, Dublin
66kg Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch, Dublin
70kg Laura Moran, St Anne’s, Mayo
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa, Louth
81+kg Cliona D’Arcy, Tobar Pheadair, Galway
Team Manager: Francis Keeling
Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Michael Mongan
Coach: Liam Cunningham