Jason McKay and Brian Wall will be taking home silver from the European Junior Championships…..
Jason McKay lost out in his bid for gold at the 16th European Junior Championships in Bulgaria today despite a gallant display against Suleiman Bammatov.
The Russian light-flyweight was handed a 16-7 decision to finish on top of the 48kg podium in Sofia.
McKay gave it absolutely everything in the ring this afternoon and can be very proud of his performance against the top Russian boxer.
The Canal BC clubman will also be taking home a silver medal from Sofia after winning three bouts to get to the business end of the 35-nation tournament in the Bulgarian capital.
Kerry middleweight Brian Wall also had to settle for silver this afternoon after he suffered a facial injury in the first round of his 75kg final with Russia’s Magomed Magamedov.
Wall. who boxes out of the Cashen Vale BC, started well against his physically strong looking opponent but had to retire with 20 seconds remaining in the opening frame because of a nose bleed.
Both McKay and Wall won three bouts this week to reach today’s finals.
“Jason and Brian gave it 110% and they couldn’t have done anymore. All of the Irish squad performed very well out here this week and were delighted to be taking home two medals, said Irish team manager Michael Darby.
“It has been a tough week for our squad against some of the best in the World at this level and they all gave it everything at these Championships.”
2012 European Junior Championships Sofia, Bulgaria
June 23rd (Last 32)
52kg: James Cleary (Ireland) beat Kaspars Burkevics (Latvia) 19-6
54kg: John Joyce (Ireland) beat Richard Kovacs (Hungary) 15-7
60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat Saleem Bibar (Israel) 15-8
63kg: Daryl Byrne (Ireland) lost to Bernard Barsony (Hungary) 10-12
70kg: Luke Thomas (Ireland) lost to Bakhtier Kholov (Russia) 9-14
June 24th (Last 16 & Last 32)
54kg; John Joyce (Ireland) lost to Viktor Petrov (Ukraine) 10-14
57kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) beat Jegors Artjomovs (Latvia) 9-8 (last 32)
66kg: Lewis Crocker (Ireland) beat Huseyn Tarverdili (Azerbaijan) 15-6 (last 32)
80kg: Michael Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Uladzimir Tsitou (Belarus) 9-13
80+kg: Aaron Kelly (Ireland) lost to Marat Kerimkhanov (Russia) 6-13
June 25th (Last 16)
46kg: Martin Stokes (Ireland) lost to Dan Lapin (Ukraine) 5-11
48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) beat Zsolt Karvaly (Hungary) RSC2
50kg: Kalum McConville (Ireland) beat Paul Wall (Germany) 15-14
52kg: James Cleary (Ireland) lost to Sorin Claudiu (Romania) 8-17
57kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) beat Mihail Cvasiuc (Moldova) 10-10 c/b +
(no countback scores available)
June 26th (Last 16)
60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat Johanathan Zumbe (Germany) 15-8
66kg: Lewis Crocker (Ireland) beat Ogulcan Albayrak (Turkey) 14-8
75kg; Brian Wall (Ireland) beat Leonard Nicolae (Romania) 7-5
June 27th (Quarter-finals)
48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) beat Arturas Bankauskas (Lithuania) 18-6
50kg: Kalum McConville (Ireland) lost to Omer Koc (Turkey) 6-12
57Kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) lost to Wladislaw Brayshnik (Germany) 13-16
60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Alexander Morokhin (Russia) 11-15
66kg: Lewis Crocker (Ireland) lost to Oleksii Takarchuk (Ukraine) 8-12
75kg: Brian Wall (Ireland) beat Mustafa Atmaca (Turkey) RSCI3
June 29th (Semi-finals)
48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) beat Iliyan Kolev (Bulgaria) 11-10
75kg: Brian Wall (Ireland) beat Zsolt Kovacs (Hungary) 13-7
June 30th (Finals)
48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) lost to Suleiman Bammatov (Russia) 7-16
75kg: Brain Wall (Ireland) lost to Magomed Magamedov (Russia) RSCI1
46kg; Martin Stokes (Mullhuddard)
48kg; Jason McKay (Canal)
50kg: Kalum McConville (Dealgan)
52kg: James Cleary (Olympic)
54kg: John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
57kg: Darren Pollock (St Agnes)
60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ballynacargy)
63kg: Daryl Byrne (Grangecon)
66kg: Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge)
70kg: Luke Thomas (Watergrasshill)
75kg: Brian Wall (Cashen Vale)
80kg: Michael Gallagher (Finn Valley)
80kg+: Aaron Kelly (Mount Tallant)
Team manager: Michael Darby
Coaches: Billy McClean. Jim O’Neill (Clann Noafa Noafa). Ger McDaid (Mulhuddard)
Physio: Eoin Naughton
R&J: Jim Murrin
Director of Boxing: Dominic O’Rourke