The Rathkeale BC super-heavyweight beat Dmitry Makarevich on a unanimous decision in the last bout on the program at the 18 nation tournament.
Beforehand, Regan Buckley went out on a unanimous decision to Nodari Barbaigze of Belarus and Eugene McKeever was edged on a split by Barbaigaize’s compatriot Yauheni Marachauk in a bout the Irish corner of Michael Carruth and Eoin Pluck felt could have gone either way.
Keenan will be back in last-eight action today along with Jordan Moore, James McGivern, Brett McGinty and Kevin Sheehy.
Buckley and McGivern entered the multi-nations in Belarus at flyweight (52kg) and light welterweight (64kg) respectively, both moving up one class.
This is in anticipation of a reconfiguring of the men’s weight classes, with light flyweight (49kg) and lightweight (60kg) being taken out and featherweight and light welterweight being moved to 57kg and 63kg respectively.
Liventsev Memorial Minsk, Belarus
Tuesday October 9th
52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) lost to Nodari Barbaigze (Belarus) 0-5
69kg Eugene McKeever (Ireland) lost to Yauheni Marachauk (Belarus) 2-3
91kg+ Martin Keenan (Ireland) beat Dmitry Makarevich (Belarus) 5-0
Wednesday October 10
56kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) v Bekzat Makzhan (Kazakhstan)
64kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Belarus or Italy
75kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) v Belarus or Georgia
91kg Kevin Sheehy (Ireland0 v Robertas Jakulys (Lithuania)
91kg+ Martin Keenan (Ireland) v Paul Omba (France)
52kg Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s BC)
56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
64kg James McGivern (St Georges)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family)
75kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)
91+kg Martin Keenan (Rathkeale)
Coaches: Michael Carruth, Eoin Pluck
R&J: John Mongan
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)