Distraught Donovan eliminated from European Under-22s

Paddy Donovan was left distraught at the European Under-22 Championships today in Russia.

The Limerick welterweight was eliminated at the Last 16 stage in Vladikavkaz by the Russian home favourite following a close fight this afternoon.

An early point deduction stacked the deck in Vakhid Abbasov’s favour but this would prove inconsequential as the Russian was awarded every round by four of the five judges en-rounte to a unanimous decision win.

In a cagey opener, Donovan was warned a number of times for hitting with the inside of the glove before an early point deduction

Donovan looked to have landed the more eye-catching wide punches in an open second but Abbasov was sneaking in plenty of short shots in return.

The Munster 20-year-old would force the action against the smart Russian in the third and celebrated at the bell but, with the deduction, the verdict was far from sure.

Going to the cards it was Abbasov, a European Junior silver medallist, who was awarded the 5-0 win with scorelines of 29-27 and four 30-26s, with the Polish judge, who gave Donovan the first, the only man to score a round in favour of the Irishman.

Donovan seemed shocked by the decision and would linger at centre ring before being motioned out by the referee.

Abbasov will now go on to box Swede Billy Liljeqvist for bronze.

Ireland have one more boxer in action today, with Galway middleweight Gabriel Dossen due in the ring at 1:45pm (Irish time).

The Olympic BC talent takes on Romanian Alberto Simion in the Last 16 and you can watch the fight live (as well as look back on Donovan’s fight) on the stream below:

Four other Irish boxers remain at the championships and are just one win from medalling – with Amy Broadhurst, Aoife O’Rourke, and Niamh Earley boxing tomorrow and Adam Hession in action on Wednesday.

The draws in full can be seen here.

Friday March 8th
(Last 16)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat En Gizem (Turkey) 5-0
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Ireland) lost to Chelsey Heijnen (Netherlands) RSC2

Saturday March 9th
Last 32
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Oleg Chulkyacheyev (Ukraine) 5-0
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Sam Wagensvela (Netherlands) 4-1
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Sunday March 10th
Last 16
57kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Victoria Glover (Scotland) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost Beslan Khamzaev (Russia) 1-4
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Mike McDonagh (Wales) 0-5

Monday March 11th
Last 16
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) lost to Vakhid Abbasov (Russia) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Alberto Simion (Romania)

Tuesday March 12th
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Giovanna Marchese (Italy)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Kinga Mezovari (Hungary)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasiya Shamonovan (Russia)

Wednesday March 13th
52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine)

48kg No entrant
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
54kg No entrant
56kg No entrant
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthony’s)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg No entrant
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) C
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) C
81kg No entrant
81kg No entrant
+81kg No entrant
91kg No entrant
+91kg No entrant

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Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie