Four Irish boxers won their semi-final bouts at the 10th European Schoolboy Championships today…..
Oliver McCarthy, James McGivern, John Sweeney and Michael Nevin are through to the finals of the European Schoolboy Championships following semi-final wins today.
European Schoolboys Anapa Semi-final report (Paddy Gallagher report).
McCarthy (Brian Dillons BC) dropped Filip Meszarovs in the third. The Slovakian got off the floor to beat the count, but he could do nothing about the 14-3 decision in favour of the Cork southpaw.
Sweeney and Nevin meantime, did a double over the Ukraine, Sweeney beating Il’ja Tkachenko 14-11, and Nevin, a cousin of 2012 Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin, beating Nikita Stepanov 14-7.
McGiven also impressed, a comfortable 16-8 verdict over Turkey’s Batuhan Aydogan booking his ticket into the light-flyweight final.
All four are now guaranteed at least silver.
Meanwhile, Francie Stokes produced a fantastic performance earlier this afternoon but was edged out by Russia’s Albert Rodionov.
Kieran Molloy, Brett McGinty, Darragh Murray, Nevan Fannon and James Clarke also represented their country with pride before bowing out at the last-four stage.
Ireland are guaranteed at least four silver and six bronze medals – a record haul at this level for Irish boxing – from the 22-nation tournament.
Please see above attachment for report from Irish team manager Paddy Gallagher.
2012 European Schoolboy Championships Anapa, Russia
October 5th S/Finals
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) lost to Albert Rodionov (Russia) 6-8
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Filip Meszarovs (Slovakia) 14-3
48kg: James McGivern (Ireland) beat Batuhan Aydogan (Turkey) 16-8
50kg: John Sweeney (Ireland) beat Il’ja Tkachenko (Ukraine) 14-11
52kg: Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Nikita Stepanov (Ukraine) 14-7
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Ireland) lost to Artur Mamberger (Germany) 9-13
59kg: Brett McGinty (Ireland) lost to Havazh Mutsolgov (Russia) 6-10
65kg: Darragh Murray (Ireland) lost to Maxim Emelyanov (Russia) 2-15
72kg: Nevan Fannon (Ireland) lost to Ruslan Beglaryan (Russia) 5-15
76+kg: James Clarke (Ireland) lost to Yaroslav Antipov (Russia) 7-10