As predicted by IABA earlier, Ireland finished in 4th spot on the medals table. Russia, Bulgaria, Ukriane, Ireland and England, in that order, commanded the top five positions. Ireland also finished in 4th spot in the rankings table.
Dean Clancy and Callum Walsh upgraded their guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver after two magnificent semi-final performances at the European Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria today.
Clancy, who boxes out of Ballinacarrow BC, beat Italy’s Emanuele Massimo in a fiery 52kg duel in which neither young man had to go looking for each other and in which both ended up on the floor three times after slips.
Team Ireland will have a light training session in Bulgaria this afternoon ahead of a key Sunday afternoon at the European Junior Championships.
Sligo’s Dean Clancy and Cork’s Callum Walsh are through to the semi-finals of the tournament and will be looking to upgrade their guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver versus Italy and Russia.
Poland beat Ireland 6-4 in tonight’s Elite international in Kielce, Poland.
Irish captain Dean Walsh, Gerard Matthews, Michael Nevin and Martin Keenan won on the 10-bout international.
Keenan took the early route to victory with a second round KO of Aleksander Stawirej in the final bout on the card, with Nevin forcing Daniel Adamiec into a standing count with a stunning right hook right.