Ireland began their campaign this afternoon at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial in Anapa, Russia with a win and a loss.
World Youth bronze medallist Gabriel Dossen advanced to the last-eight of the, Russia this morning after a hard-earned victory over a home favourite.
The Olympic BC welter beat Russia’s European 2016 Junior champion Ivan Stupen on a 3-2 split decision at the Black Sea Port to join Cork duo Eamer Coughlan Tommy Hyde in the quarter-finals.
The Galway boxer will now fight for bronze on Friday (St Patrick’s Day).
There was disappointment for Jason Harty however, with the Limerick boxer being beaten on a 28:29 x5 unanimous decision by Aldivr Turnsinay of Kazakhstan in a razor-close bout, a verdict which left the Rathkeale man speechless.
Aaron McKenna and Paddy Donovan are in Last 16 action for Ireland tomorrow.
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
64kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Aaron McKenna (Old School)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
69kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale)
75kg Tommy Hyde (Setanta)
Team manager: Robbie Redmond
Coaches: Billy McClean and Fergal McKenna
R&J: Martin O’Neill
Jamie Conlan joins Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill for Episode 3 of The Irish Boxing Show: