Ireland’s young boxers will be returning home with at least two bronze medals from Anapa, Russia…..
Francie Stokes claimed his second win in 24-hours to guarantee Ireland at least a second bronze medal at the 10th European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia today.
The Derry teenager (Oak Leaf BC) registered an impressive 11-7 win over Rahim Pashayev of Azerbaijan to join Mayo’s Nevan Fannon in the last-four.
Both boxers will meet Russian opponents in the semi-finals on Friday.
Overall, Ireland recorded six wins out of nine today, with John Sweeney, James McGivern, Kieran Molloy, Bret McGinty and Michael Nevin also progressing.
Sweeney, Molloy and McGinty recorded a hat-trick of wins over Israeli opponents, while McGivern and Nevin advanced at the expense of Azerbaijan and Germany.
Sean Purcell, Brian Kennedy and Matthew Davis lost out this afternoon despite brave efforts.
Nine Irish boxers will be in action in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
The semi-finals and finals at the 22-nation tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday.
Local times apply below. Anapa is three hours ahead of Ireland.
(Pictures courtesy of Irish team manager Paddy Gallagher)
10th European Schoolboy Championships Anapa, Russia
October 2nd (Last 16)
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) beat Stanislav Kunov (Ukraine) 6-3
41.5kg: Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Furkan Pank (Turkey) 8-11
43kg: Aaron McKenna (Ireland) lost to Tugrulhan Erdemir (Turkey) 9-13
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Gokhan Karamusaoglu (Turkey) 8-2
54kg: Matthew Davis (Ireland) beat Darband Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 9-6
62kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Alexandru Carnasov (Moldova) 13-3
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) beat Rahim Pashayev (Azerbaijan) 11-7
44.5kg: Sean Purcell (Ireland) lost to Umid Rustamov (Azerbiajan) 3-7
48kg:James McGivern (Ireland) beat Ayhan Taghizada (Azerbihjan) 10-5
50kg: John Sweeney (Ireland) beat Ahmad Shtive (Israel) 11-4
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Luka Oshvakashvili (Israel) RSC2
59Kg: Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Michael Katz (Israel) 16-7
68Kg: Brian Kennedy (Ireland) lost to Raman Dren (Belarus) 4-9
52Kg: Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Denis Gashi (Germany) 20-6
54Kg: Matthew Davis (Ireland) lost to Vladislav Batizhevskij (Ukraine) 5-16
62Kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Van Melkumyan (Armenia) 5-7
Afternoon session 12pm (Quarter Finals)
48KG James McGivern (Ireland) Andrej Lovnichij (Ukraine)
59KG Brett McGinty (Ireland) v Gurgen Madoyan (Armenia)
76+KG James Clarke (Ireland) v Gurgen Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
Evening session 5pm (Quarter Finals)
38.5kg: Nathan May (Ireland) v Nick Bier (Germany)
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) Sarkhan Aliev (Azerbihjan)
50kg: John Sweeney (Ireland) v Kiryl Padlutski (Belarus)
52kg: Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Andrea Zupparado (Italy)
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Evgenij Zagranichnyj (Ukraine)
65kg: Darragh Murray (Ireland) v Artsiom Serada (Bulgaria)
Friday (Semi-Finals) 4pm
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) v Albert Rodionov (Russia)
72kg: Nevan Fannon (Ireland) v Ruslan Beglaryan (Russia)
Irish squad 2012 European Schoolboy Championships, Anapa, Russia, October 1st – 7th
38.5kg: Nathan May (Crumlin, Dublin)
40kg: Francie Stokes (Oak Leaf, Derry)
41.5kg: Conor Quinn (Clonard, Antrim)
43kg: Aaron McKenna (Smithboro, Monaghan)
44.5kg: Sean Purcell (Marble City, Kilkenny)
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillons, Cork)
48kg: James McGivern (St Georges, Antrim)
50kg: John Sweeney (Inisfree, Sligo)
52kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise, Laois)
54kg: Matthew Davis (Ardagh/Cross, Mayo)
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard, Galway)
59kg: Brett McGinty (Oak Leaf, Derry)
62kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken, Dublin)
65kg: Darragh Murray (South Meath, Meath)
68kg: Brian Kennedy (Daingean, Offaly)
76kg: Nevan Fannon (Ballyhaunis, Mayo)
76+kg: James Clarke (Kilnamanagh, Dublin)
Director of Boxing: Dominic O’Rourke
Team Manager: Paddy Gallagher
Team Coaches: Dmitry Dimitrov,Fergal McKenna, Brian Barry
R&J: Philip Rooney