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Seven Irish to box for Medals today

Seven Irish boxers will battle it out for at least bronze at the European Junior Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary today.

Three Russians., three home fighters, and an Azeri stand in the way of the Irish youngsters

Martin McDonagh, Jack Conroy, Kane Tucker and Adam Dempsey produced tremendous performances to record wins yesterday to join Terry Donoghue, Brandon McCarthy, and Edward Donovan in the quarters, but Callum Walsh, Michael Walsh and Zenja Jelisejenkovs have bowed out despite brave displays.

McDonagh, Conroy, Tucker, who forced his opponent into two standing counts this afternoon, and Dempsey join. Terry Donoghue, Brandon McCarthy and Edward Donovan in the last-eight.

“Fantastic performances from all our boys today and it’s a tremendous achievement for such a small nation to have 60% of our squad still involved at this stage of the tournament, said Irish coach Billy McClean yesterday.

“We’re under no illusions as to the magnitude of the tasks facing us tomorrow, but our boys will be giving it everything when they step in the ring. They always do.”

European Junior Championships Kaposvar, Hungary

June 19th


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

June 20th

Last 16

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

June 21st

(Last 16)

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

June 22nd


46kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) v Richard Bernath (Hungary)

48kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Magomed Shamsaev (Russia)

52kg Martin McDonagh (Ireland) v Norbert Berecz (Hungary)

57kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) V Milan Orsos (Hungary)

66kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) V Turan Sadikov (Azerbaijan)

70kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) v Edgard Tcambov (Russia)

75kg Adam Dempsey (Ireland) V Danil Teterev (Russia)

Irish squad

46kg Terry Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
48kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
50kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
52kg Martin McDonagh (Glen)
54kg Barry McReynolds (Holy Trinity)
57kg Edward Donovan (OLOL)
60kg Michael Delaney (Olympic)
63kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
66kg Jack Conroy (Mullingar Elite)
70kg Kane Tuker (Holy Trinity)
75kg Adam Dempsey (Achill)
80kg Michael Walsh (Holy Family Drogheda)
80+kg Zenja Jelisejenkovs (Castlebar)

Team manager: Peter Brady (Holy Trinity)

Coaches: Billy McClean, Philip Keogh, Tony Davis

R&J: Paul McMahon

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: