Team Ireland began its 2023 European U22 Championship campaign today with two wins from two.
57kg Donagh Keary of Rathfriland BC met Spain’s Juan Moreno Pantoja in Ring A’s 3rd bout, and came away with a 3-2 win. Judges scored the bout 27:30, 29:28, 28:29, 29:28, 27:30. Over in Ring B, 63.5kg James “Shamie” McDonagh of St Paul’s Waterford contested against Turkey’s Kagan Bilge Kanli – and recorded a UD. The judges scored that bout 28:29, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30. Full results of all of today’s bouts are available here
Thirty-four teams with 299 boxers (202 men and 97 women) are in Budva. The participating teams are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, IBA-Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and IBA-Neutral
The host city, Budva, has a special resonance for Team Ireland – it was the location of the 2022 Women’s European Championship, where the team came home with 3 gold, a silver and 2 bronze medals, topping the table in the process.
Team Ireland had a very successful campaign at the 2022 European U22 Championships in Porec, Croatia, in March of that year, returning with 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The golds were claimed by heavyweight and now Paris 2024 Olympian, Jack Marley, Lisa O’Rourke who would claim a World gold just 2 months later, and 54kg Niamh Fay.
Three Team Ireland boxers are between the ropes on the second day of the tournament. 51kg Clepson dos Santos, Holy Trinity BC faces Semih Gumus of Turkey in Bout 8 in Ring A’s Afternoon Session. In Ring B’s Evening Session, 60kg Rhys Owens of Erne BC boxes against Spain’s Manuel Victor Vargas Catalino in Bout 9. In the subsequent contest, 75kg Gavin Rafferty, Dublin Docklands, meets Hungary’s Soma Meester
Boxing begins at 12.45pm, Irish time.
48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC
50kg Chantelle Robinson, Saviours Crystal BC
57kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC
70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC
75kg Bethany Doocey, Castlebar BC
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa BC
48kg Padraig Downey, St. John Bosco BC, Antrim
51kg Clepson dos Santos, Holy Trinity BC
57kg Donagh Keary, Rathfriland BC
60kg Rhys Owens, Erne BC
63.5kg James “Shamie” McDonagh, St Paul’s Waterford
67kg Gareth Dowling, Dublin Docklands
75kg Gavin Rafferty, Dublin Docklands
80kg James Whelan, Dublin Dockland
86kg Kian Hedderman, O.L.O.L BC
Team Manager, Sean Crowley
Coach: Jay Delaney
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Liam Cunningham
Coach: Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Stephen Kelly