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Tough Tuesday – No Irish wins at the Strandja

Tuesday proved a tough day of learning and development at Strandja for Team Ireland.

All three fighters in action suffered defeat with Adam Hession, Dean Clancy and Martin McDonagh were all on the wrong side of the scorecards in Bulgaria.

Galway’s Hession didn’t have a dream tournament debut against 2016 Olympian and Asian Confederation champion, Karkhuu Enkh-Aman. The Mongolian had to work for the win but came away with a 5-0 decision in the 57kg class. The final scorecards: 28:28 *; 27:29; 28:28 *; 28:28 *; 25:29.

Paris-bound 63.5kg Clancy met Uzbekistan’s Adkhamjon Mukhiddinov, a 2022 Asian Confederation lightweight bronze medalist in his first bout of this years instalment. After a boisterous bout, the judges found in favour of Mukhiddinov, 5-0. The contest was scored: 30:27; 29:28; 30:27; 30:27; 29:28.

Super heavyweight Martin McDonagh was also defeated as he was outpointed by Ukraine’s Andrii Khaletskyi.

The 4-1 split decision reverse was a first ever defeat in senior boxing by the Crumlin prospect.

Team50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo*54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast66kg Lisa O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon75kg Aoife O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon51kg Rickey Nesbitt, Holy Family BC, Drogheda57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway63.5kg Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC, Leitrim71kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin, Dublin.Draws are available here


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