Blaine O’Brien and Shane Flavin joined Terry McEntee and Aaron McKenna in the quarter-finals of the European Junior Championships after recording impressive wins in the evening session in Anapa, Russia today.
O’Brien had too much firepower and ring craft for Moldova’s Dmitri Gumen, the Tipperary middleweight showcasing good footwork and shot selection to take a unanimous decision and book his place into the last-eight.
Flavin also scored a unanimous decision. The first round of today’s encounter with Turkey’s Burak Tucel was close, but Flavin found the key to victory with two solid uppercuts in the second. He also send Tucle flying backwards with a flashing left in the same frame.
Earlier today, Terry McEntee showed his class to advance to the last-eight of the European Junior Championships today, but Brett McGinty and James Clarke bowed out.
McEntee produced a terrific performance to almost completely dominate his three-rounder with Italy’s Alessionde Leonardis.
The Irish pin weight threw about 75% of the punches in this contest and consistently found the target with body and head shots off both hands.
Brett McGinty can consider himself very unlucky to go out of the tournament to Croatian southpaw Mladen Sobjeslavski. McGinty, who staggered his rangy opponent back into a neutral corner in the second, landed the majority of cleaner shots in this contest and constantly took the fight to Sobjeslavski throughout the tree rounds.
“We’re very disappointed with that decision. We thought that Brett did more than enough,” said Billy McClean, who is working Ireland’s corner with Ger McDaid in Anapa.
James Clarke was involved in a tough three rounder with Nikoloz Begadze. Clarke had some good moments in this contest, particularly in the second, but the talented Georgian southpaw got the decision.
“The Georgian was strong but James gave it everything. Terry showed real qualify today and we’re ecstatic with his performance. Shane and Blaine had two fine wins wins this evening and we’re delighted with that,” added Billy McClean.
Six Irish boxers will be between the ropes in the last of the last 16 bouts tomorrow.
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) 3-0
80kg James Clarke (Ireland) lost to Nikoloz Begadze (Georgia) 0-3
November 4th (last 16)
52kg John Nevin (Ireland) v Eetu Viitanen (Finland)
54kg Andy McDonagh (Ireland) v Ahmad Shtwi (Israel)
57kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Lazzislau Valiavaty (Italy)
60kg Oran Keddle (Ireland) Michael Terteryan (Denmark)
63kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Catalin Bitca (Belarus)
66kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Bulatcan Sahin (Turkey)
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)
75kg Blaine O’Brien (Ireland) v Georgi Traikov (Bulgaria)
European Junior Championships Anapa, Russia October 30th/November 9th
46kg Terry McEntee (Old School)
48kg Shane Flavin (Paulstown)
50kg Aaron McKenna (Old School)
52kg John Nevin (Cavan)
54kg Andy McDonagh (St Paul’s, Waterford)
57kg James McGivern (St George’s)
60kg Oran Keddle (St Bronaghs)
63kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
66kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
70kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)
75kg Blaine O’Brien (Clonmel)
80kg James Clarke (Kilnamanagh)
Coaches: Bill McClean & Ger McDaid
Physio: Niamh Kennedy
R&J: Jim McCarron