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Two through, two out at World Youth Championships

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Michael Nevin and Gabriel Dossen progressed to the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Youth Championships in St Petersburg today, but there was disappointment for Limerick duo Paddy Donovan and Kevin Sheehy.

Middleweight Nevin, constantly changing the point of attack, dominated the first two rounds of his 75kg contest with France’s Moreno Fendero with simple but very effective head combinations against his up tempo opponent.

Nevin switched to the body in the third, the Portlaoise BC man finding the target, once with a sensational eight punch combination, en route to the last-eight on a 30-27 x 4, 30-26 verdict.

Galway light welter Gabriel Dossen ended the Cinderella Story of Hugo MiCallef from Monaco, dominating their bout and taking a comprehensive win to make the last eight.

St Francis’s super heavyweight Sheehy took on World Junior champ Mahammad Abdullayev of Azerbaijan. In what was his international debut, Sheehy put in a game performance but was overcome by unanimous decision.

OLOL lightweight Donovan seemed to get the better of his Azeri opponent Sarkhan Aliyev off the back foot, but was adjudged to have lost a split decision.

AIBA World Youth Championships St Petersburg, Russia
(Last 32 unless stated)
November 18th
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Damian Durkacz (Poland) 5-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Kuattisak Promchuay (Thailand) TKO3
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Kim Taek Min (Korea) 5-0

November 19th
49kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) beat Salah Imberahim (Germany) 5-0
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Elio Crespo-Santos (Cuba) 0-5
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) lost to Toltayayev Samatav (Kazakhstan) 1-4

November 20th
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Ranjo Napoles (Philippines) 5-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) lost to Andrej Csemez (Slovakia) 2-3
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Matej Uremovic (Croatia) 5-0

November 21st
49kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Carlo Paalan (Philippines) 1-4
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Freudis Rojas Jnr. (USA) 4-1
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Krenar Aliu (Finland) (last 16) 4-1

November 22nd
(Last 16)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) lost to Sarkhan Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 2-3
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Hugo MiCallef (Monaco) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Moreno Fendero (France) 5-0
91kg+ Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) lost to Mahammad Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) 0-5

November 23rd
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Rohan Polanco (Dominican Republic)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) v Bekzad Nurdaueltov (Kazakhstan)

Irish squad
49kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
60kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) Cpt
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken)
91+kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)

Team manager: Stephen Connolly
Coaches: Billy McClean and John Conlan
R&J: Ben McGarrigle

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: