Patrick McCarthy has his hand raised in victory today


Ireland’s boxers experienced contrasting fortunes at the European Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria today.

Kerry southpaw Patrick McCarthy advanced but Belfast light-middle Jake Tucker bowed out.

Tucker lost to Ilia Bogaturev of Russia after three close rounds. Tucker, meeting fire with fire, consistently worked his way inside the problng jab of his talanted opponent to deliver shots, but took a standing count in the third after a fiery exchange.However, it was Bogaturev’s gum shield that ended up on the floor after that transaction.

Irish squad members in Albena

Earlier today,McCarthy advanced to the quarter-finals of the 32-nation tournament.

The Tralee BC light-fly, regularly scoring with his left, produced an impressive display of counter-punching against the lively Scot to progress to within one win of at least bronze.

Five Irish boxers – Jude Gallagher, Myles Casey, Brandon McCarthy, Mikey Stokes and Gavin Rafferty – are between the ropes tomorrow.


European Junior Championships Albena, Bulgaria

September 18th

Preliminaries (Last 32)

46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Paul Cameron (England) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Nazar Fadzeyeu (Belarus) 5-0
54kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat David Gvasalia (Georgia) 5-0
57kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) beat Luca Filip (Croatia) TKO1
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Ireland) beat Luca de Chiava (Italy) 5-0
66kg William Hayden (Ireland) lost to Jaba Tchumbashvili (Georgia) 2-3
70kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) beat Gyula Varga (Hungary) 5-0
80Kg+ Cathal Crowley (Ireland) lost to Aleksei Dronov (Russia) TKO1

September 19th

Last 16

48kg Patrick McCarthy (Ireland) beat Owen Paton (Scotland) 5-0
70kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) lost to Ilia Bogaturev (Russia) 1-4

September 20th

Last 16

46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Maksud Khasmetov (Azerbaijan)
50kg Myles Casey (Ireland) v Madalin Popescu (Romania)
54kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Harry Kinsella (England)
57kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) v Bakur Chikovani (Georgia)
75kg Gavin Rafferty (Ireland) v Emir Buyukdas (Turkey)

September 21st

Last 16

52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Artur Shahakyan (Armenia)
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) v Racz Kristopher (Hungary)
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Ireland) v Anatalii Fedotkin (Russia)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Ireland) Sahin Ergul (Turkey)


48kg Patrick McCarthy (Ireland) v Vakhaev Mukhaed (Russia)

Irish squad

46kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Tralee)
50kg Myles Casey (Rathkeale)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
54kg Brandon McCarthy (St. Michaels Athy) Cpt
57kg Mikey Stokes (Athlone)
60kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Crumlin)
66kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
70kg Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity) V/Cpt
75kg Gavin Rafferty (St. Cianans)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
80+kg Cathel Crowley (Spartan)

Team Manager – Peter Brady
Coaches – Billy McClean & Dmitri Dmitruk
R&J – John Casey