Wayne Kelly wins at European Union Championships

Wayne Kelly eased into the quarter-finals of the European Union Elite Championships in Spain this evening.

The Westmeath light-welter beat the Czech Republic’s Petr Novak of the Czech Republic on a unanimous decision in Valladolid.
Novak had been defeated last month by Dubliner Michael Avetisian in the Eindhoven Box Cup and was soundly beaten again here. x3

Kelly impressed throughout the all-southpaw clash and forced his opponent ot take a count in the third. Final scores were 30-26 x3, 30-27 x2 to the Irishman who progresses to the quarter-finals.

Standing in the way of Kelly and a guaranteed bronze medal on Tuesday is Dmitry Galagot from the non-EU country of Moldova.

The European silver medallist also faced an Irishman in the quarters of the last EU Championships in 2014, defeating Dean Walsh.

Kelly’s Poarlaoise BC team-mate, middleweight Michael Nevin, is in action tomorrow in the last 16, Ireland’s final fighter to get their campaign underway in Spain.

EU Elite Championships Valladolid, Spain
November 9
Prelims (last 16)
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Rosenov Banbakov (Bulgaria) 1-4
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Stefan Ivanov (Bulgaria) 5-0
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Frazer Clarke (England) 1-4

November 10
Prelims (last 16)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Ruben Veciunoa (Belgium) 5-0
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat David Michalek (Slovakia) 4-1

November 11th
Prelims (last 16)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat Petr Novak (Czech Republic) 5-0

November 12
Prelims (last 16)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Stephan Nikitin (Germany)

November 13
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Dmitry Galogot (Moldova)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Vincenzo Arecchiai (Italy)

November 14
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Toni Filipi (Croatia)

November 15
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Jaroslav Iwanow (Poland)

Irish squad
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard BC)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal BC)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard BC)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC)
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield BC)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel BC)

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Coaches: John Conlan & Eoin Pluck
Physiotherapist: Seamus Caffrey
Team Doctor: Jim Clover- Team Doctor
Sports Physiologist: Damian Martin
Referee & Judge: Jim Murrin


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie