Super Six – Collins, Carragher Doyle, Harty, Reilly Lennon and O’Donnell all secure European Junior wins

Team Ireland boxers recorded 6 wins on Day Three of the European Junior Championships.

Jamie Collins, Callum Carragher, Calvin Doyle, John Harty, Cillian Reilly Lennon and Tadhg O’Donnell all registered wins in Italy to progress to the next phase of the prestigious continental contest.

Light flyweight Collins got another successful day off to a successful start, the Driminagh prospect defeating Moldova’s Ion Peni via a 4-1 split decision, with three of the judges awarding a number of 10-8 rounds. The final score reading 30:24, 29:27, 27:29, 30:26, 30:25.

Featherweight, Callum Carragher followed suit registering a 10-8 round win en route to a 30:26, 30:26, 30:26, 29:27, 30:26 victory over Morina Rexhep (KOS).

In the afternoon session flyweight, Calvin Doyle, whose brother Christian is a recent Euro Schools medal winner, overcame Moldova’s Volodymyr Melenchuk to continue in the tournament. The Olympic Mullingar fighter registered a 30:27, 29:28, 29:28, 29:28, 30:27 win.

Ryan Jenkins met Israel’s Abdallah Rahal and won’t go forward following a 3-2 split decision in favour of his opponent, 29:28, 28:29, 28:29, 29:28, 29:28.

John Harty made sure Ireland maintained their 100 percent record against Moldova, as he defeated Nichita Simanschii, claiming a 4-1 win via a 27:29, 27:29, 27:29, 27:29, 29:27 score card.

Cillian Reilly Lennon was in action against Croatia’s Bernard Grgic in Bout 14, at light welter, and goes forward to the next round following a 3-2 split decision victory. The judges’ scoreline: 29:28, 30:27, 28:29, 29:28, 28:29.

In Ring B’s bout 8, James Kelly met Greece’s Thomas Boditsoploulos. Unfortunately for the young Holy Trinty puncher the UD went to the Greek boxer – 29:28, 29:28, 29:28, 30:27, 30:27. Welterweight Tadhg O’Donnell rounded out the day’s action with a 5-0 win over England’s Callum Walsh: 30:27, 30:27, 30:27, 29:28, 30:27.

Team Ireland Squad
Male Boxers:

  1. 44-46kg Alfie Jordan (Olympic L)
  2. 48kg Jamie Collins (Drimnagh)
  3. 50kg Calvin Doyle (Olympic L)
  4. 52kg Johnny Harty (Portlaoise)
  5. 54kg James Kelly (Holy Trinity)
  6. 57kg Callum Carrager (Tredagh)
  7. 60kg Ryan Jenkins (Olympic L)
  8. 63kg Cillian Reilly (Jobstown)
  9. 66kg Tadhg O’Donnell (Four Kings)
  10. 70kg Charlie Valbergs (Cherry Orchard). Team Captain
  11. 75kg Dylan McShane (St Pauls A)
  12. 80kg Jack Teggart Weatherall (St Pauls A)
  13. 80+kg Adam Olaniyan (Jobstown)

Female Boxers

  1. 44-46kg Sophie Curley Gray (Dealgan)
  2. 50kg Grace Conway (Tredagh)
  3. 52kg Carlagh Peake (Ballyhaunis)
  1. 54kg Niamh Keogh (Olympic L)
  2. 57kg Siofra Lawless (Liberty)
  3. 60kg Ava Henry (Docklands) Team Captain,
  4. 63kg Kayleigh Whelan (Avona)
  5. 66kg Sarah Murphy (St Brigids L)
  6. 70kg Jodie Byrne (St Teresa’s)
  7. 75kg Mary McDonagh (Sliabh Luachra)
  8. 80kg Shauna Crehan (Dunboyne)

Team Manager

Martin Fennessy


  1. Ralph McKay
  2. Liam Cunningham
  3. Paul O’Toole
  4. Linda Morgan


Philip Hollowed

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