Ireland’s young boxers are facing into a hectic Wednesday at the European Junior Championships after recording another three wins in Anapa, Russia.
The hat-trick completes the last bouts of last-16 stage for Team Ireland and ensures that nine of the squad will compete for at least a bronze medal each tomorrow.
John Nevin, James McGivern and Kieran Molloy won three in-a-row this afternoon to join Oran Keddle, Michael Nevin, Blaine O’Brien, Aaron McKenna, Shane Flavin and Terry McEntee in the business end of the tournament.
John Nevin kept his distance and used his long reach to carve out a unanimous decision over Eetu Viitanen of Finland and McGivern obliged Vladzisdlav Valiavaty of Belarus to take a standing count off a left en route to victory.
Molloy dominated against Catalin Bitca, the Galway southpaw forcing the Moldovan into count off a left in the second and dropping his opponent with a flashing right in the third.
Earlier today, Oran Keddle and Michael Nevin booked their tickets into the last-eight by the banks of the Black Sea. But Andy McDonagh lost out this morning on a split decision to Israel.
Keddle was involved in a tough duel with Danish lightweight Michael Terteryan, with both boxers finding the target liberally throughout the three rounds. However, Keddle’s cleaner and more solid shots caught the eyes of the judges in a contest in which both combatants received public warnings for hitting with the inside of their gloves in the final minute of the final round. A fine performance from Keddle.
Nevin, who has already won one contest in Anapa this week, once again showed his class to post another victory. The Portlaoise BC showed superior shot selection – his left jab was constantly in his opponent’s face – footwork and ring craft to see off the challenge of Turkey’s Bulatcan Sahin in the 66kg class. Nevin also showed his sportsmanship to hold the rope down – as is the tradition with practitioners of the noble art – for the Turkish light-welter to exit the ring.
McDonagh lost to aggressive Israeli bantam Ahmad Shtwi. Shtwi went down under a combination for McDonagh in the second round of an up tempo 54kg clash, but it was ruled a slip.
European Junior Championships 2014 Anapa, Russia
November 1st (last 32)
52kg John Nevin (Ireland) beat Pavel Kamanin (Estonia) 3-0
70kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Lazzio Kozak (Hungary) 3-0
50kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) beat Mohammed Zeroual (France) 3-0 (last 16)
66kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Alessandro Azzaro (Italy) 3-0 (last 32)
November 3rd (last 16)
46kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) beat Alessionde Leonardis (Italy) 3-0
48kg Shane Flavin (Ireland) beat Burak Tucel (Turkey) 3-0
70kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) lost to Mladen Sobjeslavski (Croatia) 0-3
75kg Blaine O’Brien (Ireland) beat Dmitri Gumen (Moldova) 2-1
80kg James Clarke (Ireland) lost to Nikoloz Begadze (Georgia) 0-3
November 4th (last 16)
52kg John Nevin (Ireland) beat Eetu Viitanen (Finland) 3-0
54kg Andy McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Ahmad Shtwi (Israel) 1-2
57kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Vladzisdlav Valiavaty (Belarus) 3-0
60kg Oran Keddle (Ireland) beat Michael Terteryan (Denmark) 3-0
63kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Catalin Bitca (Moldova) 3-0
66kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Bulatcan Sahin (Turkey) 3-0
November 5th (Quarter-finals)
46kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) v Oleg Chulyacheteyv (Ukraine)
48kg Shane Flavin (Ireland) v Levi Koates (England)
50kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) v Magomed Magomedbekov (Russia)
52kg John Nevin (Ireland) v Giorgi Manjavide (Georgia)
57kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Anataliy Zhirnov (Russia)
60kg Oran Keddle (Ireland) v Vadim Carajia (Moldova)
63kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Remo Salvatia (Italy)
66kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Majej Uremovic (Croatia)
75kg Blaine O’Brien (Ireland) v Georgi Traikov (Bulgaria)