Mixed fortunes at World Youths in Russia

Paddy Donovan and Michael Nevin advanced to the last 16 of the AIBA World Youth Championships in St Petersburg, Russia today.

But Irish captain Brett McGinty bowed out to Slovakia’s Andrej Csemez in the welter class.

Nevin shone on his debut at the Sibur Arena.

The Portlaoise BC middle, an ex European Schoolboy, Junior and Youth champion, outclassed Croatia’s Matej Uremovic to progress to the last 16.

Nevin found the target with just about every shot in the book today and rocked his opponent, who, to his credit, kept plugging away, backwards with a big right in the second.

Donovan recorded his second win in 48 hours this morning.

The Limerick lightweight completely dominated his contest with Ranjo Napoles of the Philippines, with two judges scoring the fight 30-25 to the Shannnonider, a silver medalist at the World Juniors in St Petersburg last year.

McGinty was surprisingly on the wrong end of the split decision reversal to Csemez, a European Youth bronze medalist..

The Slovak’s left jab was an issue for McGinty throughout, but the Irish skipper took the fight to his opponent for the entire three rounds, found the target with most of the cleaner and heavier shots, especially in rounds two and three, and was unlucky not to have recorded his second win of the tournament.

AIBA World Youth Championships St Petersburg, Russia

(Last 32 unless stated)

November 18th
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Damian Durkacz (Poland) 5-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Kuattisak Promchuay (Thailand) TKO3
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Kim Taek Min (Korea) 5-0

November 19th
49kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) beat Salah Imberahim (Germany) 5-0
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Elio Crespo-Santos (Cuba) 0-5
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) lost to Toltayayev Samatav (Kazakhstan) 1-4

November 20th

60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Ranjo Napoles (Philippines) 5-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) lost to Andrej Csemez (Slovakia) 2-3
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Matej Uremovic (Croatia) 5-0

November 21st
49kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) v Carlo Paalan (Philippines) or Enrique Ternera-Alarcan (Columbia)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Freudis Rojas Jnr. (USA)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) v Krenar Aliu (Finland) (last 16)

November 22nd
(Last 16)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Sarkhan Aliyev (Aerbaijan) or Andru Salarte (Venezuela)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Moreno Fendero (France)
91kg+ Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) v Mahammad Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) or Marek Korolkov (Lithuania)

Irish squad
49kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
60kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) Cpt
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken)
91+kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)
Team manager: Stephen Connolly
Coaches: Billy McClean and John Conlan
R&J: Ben McGarrigle

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie