Two more Irish fighters reach quarter finals at Euro Schoolboys

Ireland rounded off the Last 16 stage of the European Schoolboys Championships in Romania by sending another two fighters through to the quarter finals.

Three talented Irish teens were in action in Valcea, with two wins claimed to ensure that SEVENTEEN Irish boxers will fight to guarantee bronze tomorrow.

Cahir Gormley got the day off to a great start. The Maydown Olympic 44.5kger boxed beautifully from the outside to unanimously outpoint Bulgarian Gabriel Paynarov.

The Derry teen will now box for bronze in tomorrow’s quarter finals against Turk Ibrahim Otcu.

There was disappointment for Dubliner Sean Roche. The Donore 54kg pressed Turk Ersun Goktur hard but the rangey southpaw was adjudged to have gotten the better of the bout.

Big hitting Ballyhaunis boxer Eoghan Lavin then blasted his way into the 59kg last eight. The Mayo teen forced a count on Pole Kamil Urbaniak in the first. The domination continued into the second and third, with Lavin landing countless big rights on the spent Pole and claiming a unanimous decision win.

In tomorrow’s quarters, Lavin will take on the winner of the bout between Belarussian Daniil Tsitko and Ukrainian Yehor Bondarenko which takes place later today.

Tomorrow marks the start of the medal stages, and a phenomenal 17 fighters will box to guarantee bronze medals. There are 20 weight classes at the championships and Ireland brought a team of 19 (with no representatives in the highest weight, +90kg).

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) 2-3

July 20th (Last 16)
38.5kg: Michael Donoghue (Ireland) beat Jack Dryden (England) 4-1
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) beat Vadim Ystonov (Moldova) TKO3
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Pavle Bozovic (Montenegro) 5-0
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) beat Jure Bratovich (Croatia) TKO1

July 21st (Last 16)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) beat Gabriel Paynarov (Bulgaria) 5-0
54kg Sean Roche (Ireland) lost to Ersun Goktur (Turkey)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Kamil Urbaniak (Poland)

July 22nd (Q/Finals)
38.5kg: Michael Donoghue (Ireland) v Radoslav Rosenov (Bulgaria)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ireland) v Yaslin Farell (Germany)
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) v Jure Zgajner (Slovenia)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (Ireland) v Abdullah Karpuz (Turkey)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) v Ibrahim Otcu (Turkey)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) v Vladyslv Vaskovskyi (Ukraine)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (Ireland) v Aleksandr Zyrianov (Russia)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) v Yunis Guliiev (Ukraine)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) v Lukasz Perkowski (Poland)
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) v Kosta Simeonov (Bulgaria)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v TBC
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)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Crumlin)

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Joe O'Neill

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