Weekend Amateur Boxing Round-Up

While most eyes were on the biggest Irish pro show of the year, it was an exceedingly busy weekend for amateur boxing on the island.

The Ulster Elite Senior Championships semi-finals concluded while the preliminary rounds of the Irish Senior (Intermediate) Championships began.

Click here for Friday results.

In addition, Irish boxers were in action overseas at Elite Senior level at the prestigious Tammer multi-nations in Finland while the women’s Youth team got underway at the World Championships in Russia.

In Guwahati yesterday, Ireland’s opening boxer in action was defeated.

Flyweight Shauna Blaney, younger sister of BUI Celtic champion Chris, was defeated in the Round of 32 by Russian European silver medalist Ekaterina Molchanova.

AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships Guwahati, India 19-26 November
November 19th
R32 – 51kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Molchanova (Russia) 0-5

November 20th
R32 – 48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Nasu Misaki (Japan)

Last 16
L16 – 69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) v Olivia Hussey (England)
L16 – 75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Ya Chun-Yang (Chinese Taipei)

November 21st
L16 – 54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) v Marie Bachmaier (Germany)
L16 – 57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Ireland) v Victorie Piteau (France) or Namuun Monkhor (Mongolia)
L16 – 60kg Marguerita Nevin (Ireland) v Klaudia Budasz (Poland)

November 22nd
QF – 64kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) v Aidyl Cardenas (USA) or Khon Batbold (Mongolia)

Irish Squad
48kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
51kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Carndonagh)
60kg Marguerita Nevin (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
64kg Katelynn Phelan (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
69kg Shannon Reilly (Bray)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St.Brigid’s, Edenderry)
Team manager: Anna Moore
Coaches: Jimmy Payne, Liam Brereton, Antia Just
R&J: Sadie Duffy

In Finland Ireland walked away with eight medals – one for each member of the team.

Portlaoise middleweight claimed another multi-nations gold as he continues his flawless start to pro life as an adult boxer.

Finals day yesterday though saw four Irish boxers have to settle for silver – with Dean Gardiner being edged on a split, Kieran Molloy suffering another fight-ending cut, and Dubliners Tony Browne and George Bates also being beat. Also on the podiums were bronze medalists Wayne Kell, Myles Casey, and Kirill Afanasev.

Tammer Multi-Nations Tampere, Finland
November 16th – Q/Finals
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Stephen Newns (Scotland) 5-0

November 17th – Q/Finals
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat William Edwards (Wales) 4-1
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) beat Liridon Nuha (Sweden) 4-0
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Artem Mikaelian (Russia) 5-0
60kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Shun Han Cheung (Korea) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat John Doherty (Scotland) 3-2
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Mourad Aliev (France) 5-0

November 18th – S/Finals
56kg Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Jordan Rodirigues (France) 0-5
60kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Nathaniel Collins (Scotland) 5-0
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Conor Loftus (England) 2-3
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Ilja Medvedev (Russia) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Arthur Obanyan (Germany) 3-2
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) beat Mamadou Diabra (France) 4-1
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Toni Filipi (Croatia) 1-4
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Michael Barton (Scotland) 5-0

November 19th – Finals
60kg George Bates (Ireland) lost to Michael McDonagh (Wales) 0-5
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) lost to Cyrus Pattison (England) TKOI1
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Mariusz Gnas (Sweden) 4-1
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) lost to George Crotty (England) 0-5
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Petar Belberov (Bulgaria) 2-3

Irish squad
56kg Myles Casey (St Francis) (Bronze)
60kg George Bates (St Marys) (Silver)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ballinacarrow) (Bronze)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) (Silver)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Gold)
81kg Tony Browne (St Michaels) (Silver)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield) (Bronze)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) (Silver)
Coaches: Zaur Antia & Dmitry Dimitruc

On Saturday there was also Day 2 of the National Senior (Intermediate) Championships, with another 25 bouts at the National Stadium.

National Senior Championships National Stadium Dublin
November 18th
Prelims (11am)
60kg Terry McEntee (Old School) beat Eoin Meaney (Leos) 5-0
60kg Theo Allen (Cookstown) beat Conor Murphy (Celtic Eagles) 3-2
64kg Jamie Long (Muskerry) beat Adam Kelly (Ballinacargy) 5-0
64kg Matthew McCole (Dungloe) beat Karl O’Connor (Edenmore) 5-0
64kg Ryan O’Rourke (St Michaels D) beat Jordan Kennedy (St Pauls Wat) 5-0
64kg Michael Kinsella (St Anthony’s/St Pats) beat Malachy McDonald (Corrib) 5-0
69kg Daniel Foster (Mullingar Elite) beat Luke Maguire (Esker) 3-2
69kg Jason Kyne (Celtic Eagles) beat Nathan Cranley (Monkstown Dublin) 5-0
69kg Michael Avetisian (Glasnevin) beat Lee Reeves (Corpus Christi) 5-0
69kg Patrick Coney (The Loup) beat Peter Fabian (St Marys Dublin) 5-0
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) beat Seamus Lyons (Monkstown Dublin) 5-0
69kg Thomas Myers (Sligo City) beat Owen Bergin (Portlaoise) 4-1
60kg Craig Bonney (Hyland BA) beat Ben Teeling (Holy Family Drogheda) 5-0
69kg Phil Maloney (St Francis) beat Andy McDonagh (St Pauls Wat) 5-0
75kg Keelyn Cassidy (Saviours Crystal) beat Derek Duhig (St Francis) 5-0
75kg Thomas O’Toole (Celtic Eagle) beat Adam Keenan (Gorey) 5-0
75kg John Maughan (St Marys Dublin) beat Noel Donnelly (Dockers) 5-0
75kg Chris O’Reilly (Holy Family Drogheda) beat Shane Dooley (Clonard) 5-0
81kg Jason Clancy (Ballinacarrow) beat Jordan O’Neill (Dublin Docklands) 3-0
81kg Jordan Lawlor (Ratoath GG) beat Simon Bangu (Dunboyne) 5-0
81kg James Daly (St Annes) beat John Connors (Bray) 5-0
81kg David Tsotsoria (Illies GG) beat Philip Hickey (Paulstown) 3-2
81kg Cathal Browne (Illies GG) beat Ryan Simcox (Charleville) 5-0
81kg Faolin Rahill (DCU Athletic) beat Kevin Kehoe (Marble City) 4-1
81kg Brendan Kenny (Monivea) beat Oran Shields (Letterkenny) 5-0


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