Ireland experienced contrasting fortunes on a day of split decisions for and against in the opening session of the European Youths in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Brandon McCarthy and William Hayden advanced to the last 16 this afternoon and evening.

But Jude Gallagher, Jason Myers and Matthew Tyndall bowed out at the last 32 stages on splits to Ukraine’s Ali Dahly, Russia’s Ilia Bogayyrev and Turkey’s Mehmet Aydemir in the fly, light-heavy and light welter classes.

McCarthy was always in the driving seat and earned an impressive unanimous decision over lively Azeri lightweight Eldar Babayev, but Gallagher was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 3-2 verdict versus Dahly in the first bout on today’s card in Ring B.

Myers took the fight to Bogayyrev in all three rounds and detonated some big head and body shots in rounds one and two, but the rangy Russian light-heavy, whose left jab was probably the deciding factor, won 4-1.

Likewise with the hard-working Tyndall against Aydemir, but after three close rounds of boxing  the Turk got the nod.

Hayden and Armenian battler Arsen Grigoryan didn’t have to go looking for each other. Both men went toe-to-toe in a firey 69kg contest with  Hayden impressing in rounds one and two and finding the target with a neat uppercut under pressure in the third en route to a 3-2 verdict.

Daina Moorehouse, the 2018 European Youth champion, and Dean Clancy, were Ireland’s flag bearers at today’s opening ceremony.

Six Irish boxers are in action tomorrow.

Click here for Thursday’s program and here for today’s results.

(Images, courtesy of Margit Kincses and Anna Moore; Daina Moorehouse and Dean Clancy at Opening Ceremony, Irish boxers at weigh-in this morning and Brandon McCarthy)



2019 European Men’s and Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria (September 2/11)

September 4

Last 32

52kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Ali Dahly (Ukraine) 2-3
60kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Eldar Babayev (Azerbaijan) 5-0
64kg Matthew Tyndall (Ireland) lost to Mehmet Aydemir (Turkey) 1-4
69kg William Hayden (Ireland) beat Arsen Grigoryan (Armenia) 3-2
81kg Jason Myers (Ireland) lost to Ilia Bogatyrev (Russia) 1-4

September 5

Last 16

49kg Ryan Dunne (Ireland) v Rudolf Garnoyan (Armenia)
57kg Lauren Dempsey-Fitzmaurice (Ireland) v Mirela Nastase (Romania)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) v Amina Abramova (Ukraine)
69kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) v Annemarie Schierle (Germany)
75kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) v Vladimir Bezdenezznyich (Germany)
91+kg Owney McDonagh (Ireland) v Ugur Aydemir (Turkey)

September 6

Last 16

51kg Nicole Clyde (Ireland) v Juna Schop (Netherlands)
54kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) v Sharon Prisco (Italy)
56kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Ukraine or Armenia)
60kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Shalva Sajaia (Georgia)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Paige Richardson (England)
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) v Bernhard Rentmeister (Germany)
75kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) v Ivona Drnic (Croatia)

September 7

Last 16

69kg William Hayden (Ireland) v Dmitry Zakharov (Russia)


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Russia or France
81kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) v Emily Asquith (England)

Irish squad


49kg Ryan Dunne (Jobstown)
52kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
56kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)
60kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)
64kg Matthew Tyndall (Dublin Docklands)
69kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
75kg Jake Tucker (Emerald, Antrim)
81kg Jason Myers (Titans)
91kg Jack Marley (Monkstown D)
91+kg Owen McDonagh (St Annes)


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Nicole Clyde (Antrim)
54kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
57kg Lauren Dempsey-Fitzmaurice (Ryston)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
69kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe)
75kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea)
81kg Bethany Doocey (Castlebar)


IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team Managers: Patrick Osborne & Anna Moore
Coaches: William McClean, Aoife Hennigan, Anita Just, Brian Barry, Liam Cunningham