Martin J Mongan loses out on Day 1 of World Junior Championships

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

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Martin J Mongan flew the Banner for Irish boxing with pride on the opening day of the AIBA World Junior Championships despite losing out in his last-32 bout.

The Clare light-heavy was beaten by Russia’s Dmitri Fominykh after three cracking rounds in St Petersburg, Russia.

“It was a tremendous performance from Martin, tremendous heart against the Russian champion and you couldn’t have asked for anymore from him. He gave it everything and went down fighting,” said Irish coach Billy McClean.

Cork pair Eamer Coughlan and Tommy Hyde will be in action today, along with Eric Nash and Jack Conroy.

Ireland didn’t exactly get a rub of the green in yesterday’s draw, a view echoed by McClean, who is working Ireland’s corner with Dmitry Dmitruk and Fergal McKenna in the Northern Russian capital.

He added: “It is a tremendously tough draw for our boys out here and we have some really tough contests coming up against some of the best nations in the world.”

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AIBA World Junior Championships St Petersburg, Russia
(Last 32 unless stated)

September 4th
80+kg Martin J Mongan (Ireland) lost to Dmitri Fominykh (Russia) 0-3

September 5th
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) v Suntatullo Yunuszade (Tajikistan)
57kg Eric Nash (Ireland) v Ivan Atanasov (Bulgaria)
63kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) v Yibukayimu Mamuti (China)
70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) v Lukas Petrauskas (Lithuania)

September 6th
46kg Craig Kavanagh (Ireland) v Rustan Muratov (Kyrgyzstan)
50kg Joe Nevin (Ireland) v Zabehullo Ashuroz (Tajikistan)
54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) v David Toth (Hungary)
66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) Ahtamjon Khaidov (Tajikistan)

September 7th
52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) v Abibe Bennams (France)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Abylay Ybraimov (Kazakhstan)
80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Ireland) v Vladislav Ivanov (Russia) or Salvatore Scala (Italy) (last 16)

September 8th (last 16)
75kg Anthony Johnston (Ireland) v Cristhian Pinder (Cuba) or Yevhenil Pavolski (Ukraine)

Irish squad
46kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin)
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
50kg Joe Nevin (Kilcullen)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Old School) CAPTAIN
54kg Sean Purcell (Marble City)
57kg Eric Nash (Ardnaree)
60kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
63kg Jack Conroy (Mullingar)
66kg Paul Ryan (Bay City)
70kg Tommy Hyde (Setanta)
75kg Anthony Johnston (Gleann)
80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
80+kg Martin J Mongan (Ennis)

Team Manager: Paddy Osbourne
Coaches: Billy McClean, Dmitry Dmitruk, Fergal McKenna

Joe O'Neill

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