By IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Edward Donovan today claimed a European Junior title in Kaposvar, Hungary.
But Terry Donoghue and Jack Conroy had to settle for silver despite massive performances on the final day of the 34-nation tournament.
Donovan earned a unanimous decision over tricky Moldovan southpaw Ursa Constantin.
With both boxers of almost equal height and reach and using their jabs as triggering mechanisms, it was always going to come down to who delivered the more solid backhands.
And while Constantin had his moments, the Limerick featherweight from the Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) BC consistently beat his man to the punch throughout the three rounds to claim a European 57kg title for the Treaty City and cap and outstanding tournament.
Earlier today, Donoghue persistently took the fight to rangy English southpaw Ivan Price and found the target with some big shot throughout there closely contested rounds.
The St Michael’s Athy man worked hard to get inside Price’s longer reach and when he did he delivered his punches, but the decision went to the blue corner after three close rounds.
Conroy left absolutely everything in the ring against Russia’s Ivan Stupin in a brave hearted display from the Irish light-welter, but the Russian got the verdict at the end of three very competitive frames.
Irish coach Billy McClean commended the work of his fellow coaches Philip Keogh and Tony Davis and Team Manager Pater Brady and hailed the performances of Ireland’s remarkable young squad.
McClean also pointed out that Ireland boxed the powerful Russian Federation eight times in Hungary and lost four of the eight on split decisions.
Donovan (gold), Donoghue (silver), Conroy (silver) and Martin McDonagh (bronze) finished in podium positions in Hungary.
iaba.ie estimates that the haul will see Ireland finish in the top five, possibly top four, in the medals table.
Team Ireland are due to arrive home at 7.30pm on Sunday evening via Dublin Airport via Budapest – Flight T2B (BUD) (Terminal 1)
European Junior Championships Kaposvar, Hungary
57kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Deievdas Bogbanovicus (Lithuania) 3-0
63kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) beat Genuri Jgerenai (Georgia) TKO1
75kg Adam Dempsey (Ireland) beat Fillip Knor (Czech Republic) 2-1
46kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) beat Aleks Karamani (Serbia) 3-0
48kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Jean Christi (Romania) 3-0
54Kg Barry McReynolds (Ireland) lost to Anzor Gapuev (Russia) 1-2
57kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Terteryan Semastian (Denmark) 3-0
60kg Michael Delaney (Ireland) lost to Pavel Chazov (Russia) 1-2
63kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Oleg Zharkov (Russia) 1-2
50kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) lost to Tegor Ade (Ukraine) 1-2
52kg Martin McDonagh (Ireland) beat Christ Esabe (France) 3-0
66kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) beat Aliaksandr Filipovich (Belarus) 3-0
70kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) beat Dmitris Christos (Cyprus) TKO2
75kg Adam Dempsey (Ireland) beat Edmunds Lindermanis (Latvia) 2-1
80kg Michael Walsh (Ireland) lost to Lewis Johnston (Scotland) 0-3
80kg+ Zenja Jelisejenkovs (Ireland) lost to Pavlo Mykolaichuk (Ukraine) RET1
46kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) beat Richard Bernath (Hungary) 2-1
48kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Magomed Shamsaev (Russia) 1-2
52kg Martin McDonagh (Ireland) beat Norbert Berecz (Hungary) 3-0
57kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Milan Orsos (Hungary) 3-0
66kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) beat Turan Sadikov (Azerbaijan) 3-0
0kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Edgard Tcambov (Russia) 0-3
75kg Adam Dempsey (Ireland) lost to Danil Teterev (Russia) 0-3
46kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) beat Artur Shakhpazyan (Armenia) 3-0
52kg Martin McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Ilia Popov (Russia) 0-3
57kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Jeremy Dupetitmagneux (France) 2-1
66kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) beat Zuarab Menabaushvili (Georgia) 2-1
46kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Ivan Price (England) 0-3
57kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Ursa Constantin (Moldova) 3-0
66kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) lost to Ivan Stupin (Russia) 0-3
46kg Terry Donoghue (St Michaels Athy) (Silver)
48kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
50kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
52kg Martin McDonagh (Glen) (Bronze)
54kg Barry McReynolds (Holy Trinity)
57kg Edward Donovan (OLOL) (Gold)
60kg Michael Delaney (Olympic)
63kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
66kg Jack Conroy (Mullingar Elite) (Silver)
70kg Kane Tuker (Holy Trinity)
75kg Adam Dempsey (Achill)
80kg Michael Walsh (Holy Family D)
80+kg Zenja Jelisejenkovs (Castlebar)
Team manager: Peter Brady (Holy Trinity)
Coaches: Billy McClean, Philip Keogh, Tony Davis
R&J: Paul McMahon