An Ireland team (featuring one Italian) claimed a slender 6:5 victory over Russia tonight at the National Stadium to end the opening day of the Dublin International Round Robin.
The result of the night came at lightweight where, in what was his international debut, Galway’s Pat Mongan edged a split decision over Olympic bronze medalist Vladimir Nikitin. The Russian, of course, was the boxer adjudged to have beaten Mick Conlan at the Rio Olympics. The Olympic BC boxer battled back from a count in the first following a wicked bodyshot and finished extremely strong against the experienced Komi fighter.
There were also wins for Brendan Irvine, Sean McComb, Martin Keenan and Kurt Walker, while Manuel Cappai also had his hand raised.
Earlier in the evening Ormeau Road flyweight Carly McNaul claimed a split decision win over Italian Roberta Mostarda in the Germany v Italy match – won 9-2 by the Italians.
Kurt Walker defeated European Games gold medalist Bakhtovar Nazirov (4:1), avenging his opening round defeat in Baku two years ago.
In an immensely close fight, Kilkenny heavyweight Darren O’Neill was edged on a 3-2 split by Olympic champion Evgeny Tischenko.
Rathkeale super heavy Martin Keenan scored the decisive win in the final bout, defeating Ivan Veriasov – who received a public warning for holding in the second in the round.
Newly appointed High Performance Director Bernard Dunne was at ringside for the opening Day of the tournament. The Dubliner begins his tenure on Monday May 8th.
Boxing resumes at 11am tomorrow.
International Elite Round Robin National Stadium Dublin
Ireland A v Russia
49kg Vasili Egorov (Russia) beat Blaine Dobbins (Ireland) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Tamil Galonov (Russia) 4-1
52kg Manuel Cappai (Italy) beat Vadim Kudriakov (Russia) 5-0
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Bakhtovar Nazirov (Russia) 4-1
60kg Patrick Mongan (Ireland) beat Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) 4-1
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia) 5-0
69kg Sergei Sobylinskii (Russia) beat Dean Walsh (Ireland) 3-2
75kg Petr Khamukov (Russia) beat Emmett Brennan (Ireland) 5-0
81kg Georgii Kushitshvii (Russia) beat Tony Browne (Ireland) fight stopped after Khamukov suffers head wound in first RSCI1
91kg Evgeny Tischenko (Russia) beat Darren O’Neill (Ireland) 3-2
91+kg Martin Keenan (Ireland) beat Ivan Veriasov (Russia) 4-0
Germany v Italy
49kg Salah Abrahim (Germany) beat Federico Serra (Italy) 4-1
51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) beat Roberta Mostarda (Italy) 3-2
56kg Raffaele Di Serio (Italy) beat Dominik Hirsch (Germany) 5-0
60kg Guiseppe Canonico (Italy) beat Artur Bril (Germany) 4-1
64kg Gabil Memedov (Russia) beat Robert Harutyunyan (Germany) 4-1
64kg Paolo Di Lernia (Italy) beat Dmitri Polianski (Russia) 3-2
69kg Vincenzo Arecchia (Italy) beat Christian Dezel (Germany) 5-0
75kg Salvatore Cavallaro (Italy) beat Brian Hellwig (Germany) 4-1
81kg Federico Antonaci (Italy) beat Ibragim Bazuev (Germany) TKOI3
91kg Simone Fiori (Italy) beat Nikolas Weizmann (Germany) 5-0
91+kg Guido Vianello (Italy) beat Artem Suslenkov (Russia) 5-0
After Day 1, the standings are:
1 – Italy – 2 points (9 wins, 2 losses)
2 – Ireland B – 2 points (6 wins, 4 losses)
3 – Ireland A – 2 points (6 wins, 5 losses)
4 – Russia – 0 points (5 wins, 6 losses)
5 – France – 0 points (4 wins, 6 losses)
6 – Germany – 0 points (2 wins, 9 losses)
Boxing continues tomorrow with 3 more matches
Ireland B v Germany (11am)
Russia v Italy (3pm)
Ireland A v France (7pm)
LISTEN: Mick Conlan joins Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill on Episode 4 of The Irish Boxing Show