Mixed fortunes for Ireland in World Championships today


Ireland suffered mix fortunes at the World Elite Championships today.

EU Games gold medal winner Kurt Walker booked his place in the last 16 via a split decision over Columbian southpaw David Avila in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.

The No. 6 seed in the featherweight class, won 4-1 in what was his first bout at the tournament.

Walker joined Michael Nevin in the stage of 16 thanks to a 30-27,29-28,29-28,29-28,27-30 scorecard.

Avila threatened when he cut down space, but Walker, working off simple but effective two-punch combinations and body shots, was always one step ahead of his durable opponent.

Canada’s Robin Basran awaits for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Basran beat Cuadra Guerrero, Nicaragua’s only boxer in Russia, earlier today.

Dublin heavyweight Afanasev dropped a 4-1 split verdict to Bulgaria’s Radoslav Panaleev after the bout was scored 30-27,30-27,30-27, 29-28, 28-29.

The Smithfield BC man worked his jab to good effect in the opening round and both men delivered solid backhands in a rough three-rounder, but the judges leaned toward the aggression of the Bulgarian.

Meanwhile, Portlaoise BC middleweight Michael Nevin, who has two victories under his belt in Ekaterinburg, faces Russia’s Gleb Bakshi for a place in the last eight tomorrow.

A former pro boxer, Bakshi is the No. 8 seed in the 75kg class.

Antrim welter Aidan Walsh is in against England’s No.2 seed Pat McCormack in the last 32 on Monday in a repeat of the 2018 Commonwealth final which the Sunderland fighter won in Australia.

2019 World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia

September 15

Last 32

57kg Kurt Walker beat David Avila (Columbia) 4-1
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Radoslav Panaleev (Bulgaria) 1-4

September 16

Last 32

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Pat McCormack (England)

Last 16

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Gleb Bakshi (Russia)

September 17

57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Robin Basran (Canada)


September 15

Last 32

57kg Kurt Walker beat David Avila (Columbia) 4-1
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Radoslav Panaleev (Bulgaria)1-4

September 14

Last 32

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania) 5-0

September 13

Last 64

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Miroslav Kapuler-Cishchenko (Israel) 4-1

September 12

Last 64

52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) lost to Aldoms Suquor (Indonesia) 2-3
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Matthew Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago) 2-3

September 10

Last 64

81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Erkin Adylbek (Kyrgyzstan) 0-5
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Austin Aokuso (Australia) 5-0

September 9

Last 64

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Andre1 Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Irish squad

52kg: Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
57kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg: Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg: Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: John Conlan and Eoin Pluck


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com