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Three more Irish fighters move into medal contention after Day 2 of European Championships

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There were three wins out of four today in Romania as Ireland continued their good start to the European Schoolboys Championships.

It was Last 16 action in Valcea as another handful of teenage Irish talents put themselves just one win from a medal.

Olympic BC 46kger Patrick Sweeney started the day with a knockout win over Lithuanian Einoras Sinkevicius. Rangey southpaw Sweeney floored his Baltic opponent in the opening round bit a huge backhand left. A short right hook then put Sinkevicius down at the start of the second and, after some consideration, the referee waved off the bout.

Sweeney will now face Ukrainian Vladyslv Vaskovskyi in Saturday’s quarter finals.

At 48kg, Waterford’s Sheamie McDonagh defeated Beka Tserediani of Georgia. McDonagh landed the cleaner, more accurate shots throughout en-route to a unanimous decision win.

The St Paul’s teen will now face Russian Aleksandr Zyrianov for bronze on Saturday.

Dubliner James Whelan dominated a cagey bout with Hungarian Barga Entika to score Ireland’s third win of the day. The 56kg Docklands fighter got on top early and easily dealt with the chasing Magyar as the bout progressed to take a unanimous decision win.

Whelan will now take on Kosta Simeonov of Bulgaria in Saturday’s quarter finals.

There was disappointment though for 2 Castles 62kger Danny McHugh who was edged out by England’s Marcus Ellis following an all-out war.

At present, 11 Irish boxers now stand one win away from guaranteeing bronze.

Four more Irish boxers are in action tomorrow as the preliminary rounds

European Schoolboys Championships 2017, Valcea, Romania July 17th/26th

July 18th (Last 16)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) beat Samuel Florin-Cimpoesu (Romania) 5-0

July 19th (Last 16)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) beat Einoras Sinkevicus (Lithuania) TKO2
48kg Shamie McDonagh (Ireland) beat Beka Tserediani (Georgia) 5-0
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) beat Barga Entika (Hungary) 5-0
62kg Danny McHugh (Ireland) lost to Marcus Ellis (England)

July 20th (Last 16)
38.5kg: Michael Donoghue (Ireland) v Jack Dryden (England)
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) v Vadim Ystonov (Moldova)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) v Pavle Bozovic (Montenegro)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) v Jure Bratovich (Croatia)

July 21st (Last 16)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) v Gabriel Paynarov (Bulgaria)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Kamil Urbaniak (Poland)

July 22nd (Q/Finals unless stated)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ireland) v Yaslin Farell (Germany)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (Ireland) v Abdullah Karpuz (Turkey)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) v Vladyslv Vaskovskyi (Ukraine)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (Ireland) v Aleksandr Zyrianov (Russia)
54kg Sean Roche (Ireland) v Ersun Goktur (Turkey) (Last 16)
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) v Kosta Simeonov (Bulgaria)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) v Yahor Simakou (Belarus)
68kg John Ward (Ireland) v Szyman Szyma (Poland)
72kg Sean Walsh (Ireland) v Alam Kudic (Croatia)
76kg Darragh Farrell (Ireland) v Borna Loncaric (Croatia)
80kg Jordan Ward (Ireland) v Arten Buiru (Ukraine)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Ireland) v Hovhan Papazyan (Armenia)

Irish squad
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ballybough)
41.5kg Jake Charles (Mullingar Elite)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (St Aidans)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Maydown Olympic)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (St Pauls Wat)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Olympic)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ballymun)
54kg Sean Roche (Donore)
56kg James Whelan (Dublin Docklands)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
62kg Danny McHugh (Two Castles)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Cashen Vale)
68kg John Ward (Brosna)
72kg Sean Walsh (Trojan)
76kg Darragh Farrell (St Josephs Edenderry)
80kg Jordan Ward (Bay City)

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Joe O'Neill

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