TEAM IRELAND experienced contrasting fortunes on Day 1 of the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt/Oder this afternoon and evening.
David Oliver Joyce and Pierce O’Leary advanced following impressive wins, but Christian Preston and Jack Lawlor bowed out at the last 16 stage in Germany.
Joyce, finding the target with heavy shots,beat Germany’s Mert Caliskan to advance to the quarter-finals and O’Leary dominated Caliskan’s compatriot Aman Poorasghar with regular right hooks, the occasional backhand thrown into the bargain, en route to a unanimous decision.
Preston battled Russian welter Timur Nurushev all the way down to the final bell with both young men trading plenty of leather in a three-rounder which could have gone either way.
Lawlor also found the target against the high-guard and compact tactics of German light-heavy Georgy Gubeladze but took a standing county in a fiery final minute of a hard-punching contest.
Irish team manager Gerry O’Mahony praised the performances of the Irish quartet, adding that he believed that Preston did enough to get the decision but that it was a very close bout.
Six Irish boxers are in last-eight action tomorrow.
49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Massimo Spada (Italy)