It could be a case of no silver lining for Evelyn Igharo.
The Irish light middleweight effectively became a two-time European medallist in Budva today – but won’t fight for silver and fears are growing her medal may be taken off her.
14-time Irish champion, Igharo had too much by way of skill for Yaren Dueztas and beat the Turk by a unanimous 5-0 decision in today’s quarter-final.
The win should make the Clann Naofa BC light middleweight, who only came back from a break from boxing for the U-22 championships, a two-time European medal winner, adding U22 bronze to the Youth silver she won in 2018.
However, there are concerns she may have the medal taken off her.
One of two Clann Naofa BC boxers in the tournament, Igharo has drawn Russia in the semi-final, meaning she has to withdraw and won’t box for silver.
Unconfirmed talk that due to a ‘political withdrawal’ the 20-year-old will not be awarded a medal by IBA/EUBC
Igharo becomes the third Irish fighter to withdraw, as she like Kian Hedderman and Gavin Rafferty follow the IABA’s enforcement of an instruction handed down by the Irish government and Sport Ireland. That instruction says boxers must withdraw if they are drawn vs Russia or Belarus.
It would prove extremely harsh on Ireland’s first medal-winner of this tournament. She may pull out via ‘injury’ to save her medal, while the IBA may elect against punishing the fighter even if they disagree with the IABA’s stance.
48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC
50kg Chantelle Robinson, Saviours Crystal BC
57kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC
70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC
75kg Bethany Doocey, Castlebar BC
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa BC
48kg Padraig Downey, St. John Bosco BC, Antrim
51kg Clepson dos Santos, Holy Trinity BC
57kg Donagh Keary, Rathfriland BC
60kg Rhys Owens, Erne BC
63.5kg James “Shamie” McDonagh, St Paul’s Waterford
67kg Gareth Dowling, Dublin Docklands
75kg Gavin Rafferty, Dublin Docklands
80kg James Whelan, Dublin Docklands
86kg Kian Hedderman, O.L.O.L BC
Team Manager, Sean Crowley
Coach: Jay Delaney
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Liam Cunningham
Coach: Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Stephen Kelly