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Three out of Four for Ireland on Day 3 of Junior World Championships

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Ireland’s talented young boxers boxers recorded a hat-trick of wins at the AIBA World Junior Championships in Russia today.

Joe Nevin, Paul Ryan and Sean Purcell booked tickets into the last-16 in impressive style in St Petersburg.

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Nevin and Ryan starred in a double over Tajikistan in the North Russia earlier this afternoon. Both athletes were in superb form said Irish coach Billy McCleane.

Purcell completed the hat-trick at the expense of David Toth. The Hungarian bantam was on the floor in the first round after being on the wrong end of a big left from the Kilkenny ace, but that was ruled a slip.

An emphatic win for the Irish champion, who never left his Toth settle into any type of rhythm and who rattled his opponent with a solid right in the third.

Craig Kavanagh lost out after three close rounds with Rustan Muratov (Kyrgyzstan) in the pin-weight class earlier today.

Nevin will be back in action tomorrow, along with Irish captain Aaron McKenna, Tommy Hyde, Paddy Donovan and Jimmy O’Reilly.

AIBA World Junior Championships St Petersburg, Russia
(Last 32 unless stated)

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) v Ray Diaz (USA) or Junior Acero (New Zealand) (Last 16)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) v Abibe Bennams (France)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Abylay Ybraimov (Kazakhstan)
70kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) v Djallal Bouchkouk (Algeria) (last 16)
80kg Jimmy O’Reilly (Ireland) v Vladislav Ivanov (Russia) or Salvatore Scala (Italy) (last 16)

September 8th (last 16)
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) v Lewis Cooley (England)
54kg Sean Purcell (Ireland) v Namoja Gavrilovic (Serbia) or Seughyun Im (Korea)
75kg Anthony Johnston (Ireland) v Cristhian Pinder (Cuba) or Yevhenil Pavolski (Ukraine)
66kg Paul Ryan (Ireland) v Naota Akiyama (Japan) or Joshua Mataele (Trinidad & Tobago)

Irish squad
46kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin)
48kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
50kg Joe Nevin (Kilcullen)
52kg Aaron McKenna (Old School) cpt
54kg Sean Purcell (Marble City)
57kg Eric Nash (Ardnaree)
60kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
63kg Jack Conroy (Mullingar)
66kg Paul Ryan (Bay City)
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

Joe O'Neill

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