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Nine Irish boxers will compete for at least bronze in the quarter-finals of the European Youth Championships in Sofia tomorrow and Sunday.

Dean Clancy progressed to the last eight this afternoon following a convincing victory over Armenia’s Artur Shakhpazyan in the 56kg class.

Clancy took all three rounds en route to the last eight.

Brandon McCarthy was desperately unlucky not to advance. The St Michael’s Athy man was adjudged to have lost a lively encounter with Georgian lightweight Shalva Sajaia on a 3-2 split.

Two of the judges scored all three rounds to McCarthy (30-27 x 2) but the other three marked it 29-28 apiece to Sajaia.

Jack Marley ended the day on a high note for Ireland with a thrilling win over Bernhard Rentmeister.

The tall and rangy German heavy was rocked by a sweeping left hook in the second round and took a count off a combination moments later in a memorable win for the Dubliner.

Earlier, Nicole Clyde, Niamh Fay and Lisa O’Rourke had their hands raised in victory.

The Irish trio decisioned Duth flyweight Juna Schop, Italian bantam Sharon Prisco and Croatian middle Ivona Drnic.

But Evelyn Igharo bowed after a tough encounter with England’s Paige Richardson.

O’Rourke, whose sister Aoife claimed European Elite gold in Madrid six days ago, won on a 4-1 split verdict against Drnic, who is, almost ironically, from Split, Croatia.

Meanwhile, Enniskerry light fly Daina Moorehouse, the 2018 European Youth champion, meets Rim Bennama of France on Saturday looking to claim her second successive medal at this level.

William Hayden and Jake Tucker are between the ropes in the last 16 tomorrow.

(Images courtesy of Anna Moore and Magrit Kincses)



2019 European Men’s and Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria

September 6

Last 16

51kg Nicole Clyde (Ireland) beat Juna Schop (Netherlands) 5-0
54kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) beat Sharon Prisco (Italy) 5-0
56kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Artur Shakhpazyan (Armenia) 5-0
60kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Shalva Sajaia (Georgia) 2-3
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) lost to Paige Richardson (England) 0-5
75kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Ivona Drnic (Croatia) 4-1
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) beat Bernhard Rentmeister (Germany) 5-0

September 7

Last 16

69kg William Hayden (Ireland) v Dmitry Zakharov (Russia)
75kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) v Georgi Gutsav (Georgia)


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Rim Bennama (France)
51kg Nicole Clyde (Ireland) v Simran Kaur (England)
54kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) v Gudagi Aycan (Turkey)
57kg Lauren Dempsey-Fitzmaurice (Ireland) v Anna Maria Petrova (Bulgaria)
69kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) v Gulcan Arga (Turkey)
75kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) v Georgina Schinte (Romania)
81kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) v Emily Asquith (England)

September 8 


56kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Muhamad Adan (England)
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) v Wilired Florentin (France)


September 5

Last 16

49kg Ryan Dunne (Ireland) lost to Rudolf Garnoyan (Armenia) 0-4
57kg Lauren Dempsey-Fitzmaurice (Ireland) beat Mirela Nastase (Romania) RSC1
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) lost to Amina Abramova (Ukraine) 1-4
69kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) beat Annemarie Schierle (Germany) 3-2
91+kg Owney McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Ugur Aydemir (Turkey) 0-5

Last 32

75kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) beat Vladimir Bezdenezznyich (Germany) 4-1

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

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