Irish male captain Gabriel Dossen, pictured about today, turned on the style to book his ticket into the last eight at the European U/22 Championships in Vladikavkaz, Russia this afternoon.

But Limerick welter Paddy Donovan is out of the tournament after being adjudged to have lost on a unanimous decision to Russia’s Vakhid Abbasov.

Galway southpaw Dossen (Olympic BC) earned a number of 10-8 scores against Romanian middleweight Florin Simion, the current Irish Elite champion establishing control of the bout early on and finding the target with a wide variety of head and body shots in a commanding performance.

He’ll now meet Russia’s Aleksei Semykin on Wednesday with at least bronze up from grabs. Final scores versus Simion – 30-25,30-25,30-25,30-26,30-27.

Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes BC) was involved in a tight encounter with Abbasov. The durable and industrious Russian worked well when he cut down the distance but Donovan,who mostly brought the fight to his opponent, found the target with the majority of shots in all three rounds.

Donovan received a public warning for hitting with the inside of the gloves in the first round and was docked a point. Final scores – 29-27,30-26,30-26,30-26,30-26.

Irish female captain Aoife O’Rourke, 2018 European U/22 champion Amy Broadhurst and Niamh Earley are in quarter-final action tomorrow one win each away from at least bronze.

O’Rourke meets Russia’s current Olympic Youth and World and European Youth champion Anastasiya Shamonova.

European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Vladikavkaz, Russia March 8/17

March 11

Last 16

69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) lost to Vakhid Abbasov (Russia) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Florin Simion (Romania) 5-0

March 10

Last 16

57kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Victoria Glover (Scotland) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Beslan Khamzaev (Russia) 1-4
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Mike McDonagh (Wales) 0-5

March 9

(Last 32)

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Oleg Chulkyacheyev (Ukraine) 5-0
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Sam Wagensvela (Netherlands) 4-1
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

March 8

(Last 16)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat En Gizem (Turkey) 5-0
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Ireland) lost to Chelsey Heijnen (Netherlands) RSC2

March 12


51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Giovanna Marchese (Italy)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Kiga Mezovari (Hungary)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasiya Shamonova (Russia)

March 13


52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland v Aleksei Semykin (Russia)

Irish squad


51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)

57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthonys)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) Cpt


52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)

60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)

64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)

69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)

75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) Cpt

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy

Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk

Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh

R&J: Stephen Kelly