Southpaw’s unite to ensure at least three World Junior Bronze medals for Ireland

By IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill

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Eamer Coughlan, Paddy Donovan and Paul Ryan guaranteed Ireland at least three bronze medals on a day to remember for Irish southpaws at the AIBA World Junior Championships in Russia today.

The Munster and Leinster boys all won their quarter-finals to book tickets into Friday’s semi-finals in St Petersburg. The Cork, Limerick and Dublin trio are all southpaws.

But Sean Purcell and Tommy Hyde bowed out despite big performances at the last-eight stage today.

Coughlan, who has now forced his last two opponents into five standing counts between them, stopped Pasquale Di Sivo in the third round.

The Italian took two standing counts in the second and a third in the final frame as the Riverstown BC man unleashed his entire arsenal.

Donovan and Ryan showed their ring craft and class to see off the challenges of Marrambek Kaikuev and Milan Prat in two top class displays versus talented opposition.

Purcell was beaten by Taras Bondarchuk of the Ukraine and Hyde lost to Turkey’s Bayren Malkan.

However, both boxers can be proud of their performances in St Petersburg – and both are now ranked in the top eight in their world in their respective age and weight classes.

“We’re delighted to have three into the semi-finals and to have three medals. Obviously, we would have liked to have five, but all the boys gave it absolutely everything,” said coach Fergal Redmond.

It was an extremely busy day for the Irish coaching staff of Billy McClean, McKenna and Dmitry Dmitruk and Irish team manager Paddy Osboure, as Donovan, Hyde and Ryan were in action virtually back-to-back in Rings A and B this afternoon.

Thursday is a rest day at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be held on Friday and Saturday.

AIBA World Junior Championships St Petersburg, Russia

September 4th

80+kg Martin J Mongan (Ireland) lost to Dmitri Fominykh (Russia) 0-3

September 5th

48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) beat Suntatullo Yunuszade (Tajikistan) 3-0

57kg Eric Nash (Ireland) lost to Ivan Atanasov (Bulgaria) 1-2

63kg Jack Conroy (Ireland) lost to Yibukayimu Mamuti (China) 0-3

70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) beat Lukas Petrauskas (Lithuania) 3-0

September 6th

46kg Craig Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Rustan Muratov (Kyrgyzstan) 0-3

50kg Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Zabehullo Ashuroz (Tajikistan) 3-0

54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) beat David Toth (Hungary) 3-0

66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) beat Ahtamjon Khaidov (Tajikistan) 3-0

September 7th

50kg Joe Nevin (Ireland) lost to Ray Diaz (USA) 1-2 (Last 16)

52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) beat Abibe Bennams (France) 3-0

60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Abylay Ybraimov (Kazakhstan) 3-0

70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) beat Djallal Bouchkouk (Algeria) 3-0 (last 16)

80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Vladislav Ivanov (Russia) 0-3 (last 16)

September 8th (last 16)

48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) beat Lewis Cooley (England) TKO3

52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) lost to Samatali Toltayev (Kazakhstan) 1-2

54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) beat Namoja Gavrilovic (Serbia) 3-0

60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Koryan Astoyan (Armenia) 3-0

66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) beat Joshua Mataele (Trinidad & Tobago) 3-0

75kg Anthony Johnston (Ireland) lost to Cristhian Pinder (Cuba) W/O

September 9th


48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) beat Pasquale Di Sivo (Italy) TKO3

54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) lost to Taras Bondarchuk (Ukraine) 0-3

60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Marrambek Kaikuev (Kyrgyzstan) 3-0

66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) beat Milan Prat (France) 3-0

70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) lost to Bayren Malkan (Turkey) 0-3

September 11th

48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) v Halmbek Utegenov (Uzbekistan)

60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Harley Mederos (USA)

66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) v Dilshodbek Ruzmetov (Uzbekistan)

Irish squad

46kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin)
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown) (Bronze, at least)
50kg Joe Nevin (Kilcullen)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Old School) cpt
54kg Sean Purcell (Marble City)
57kg Eric Nash (Ardnaree)
60kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL) (Bronze, at least)
63kg Jack Conroy (Mullingar)
66kg Paul Ryan (Bay City) (Bronze, at least)
70kg Tommy Hyde (Setanta)
75kg Anthony Johnston (Gleann)
80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
80+kg Martin J Mongan (Ennis)

Team Manager Paddy Osbourne

Coaches Billy McClean, Dmitry Dmitruk, Fergal McKenna


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