Gabriel Dossen was edged out on a 3-2 split decision in the semi-finals of the European Youth Championships in Antalya, Turkey today.

The Galway welter lost 29-28,29-28,29-28 – 28-29,27-30, with one judge giving the Irish champion all three rounds versus England’s Mark Dickenson.

The English corner decided to up the tempo and bring the fight to Dossen to take the stylish Irish southpaw out of his comfort zone and the tactics ultimately worked on three of the judges’ cards.

Dickenson poured forward at every opportunity, but most of the cleaner shots and work came from Dossen in all three rounds. However, a majority of judges rewarded aggression.

Earlier, Jordan Myers lost his 75kg semi-final bout in Antalya.

The Sligo middleweight, the 2013 European Schoolboy champion, was beaten by Russia’s Danile Teterev, the 2016 European Junior champion, on a unanimous decision.

Myers, as always, let absolutely everything in the ring this afternoon in a see-saw bout in which plenty of leather was exchanged between two evenly matched opponents.

Final scores 30-27,30-27,30-27, 29-29, 29-28 to Teterev.

Today’s results bring Ireland’s competitive interest in the tournament to an end. Myers and Dossen, who won three fights each en route to the last-four, will be presented with their bronze medals tomorrow.

Team Ireland are due to arrive home at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon via Dublin Airport (Terminal 1).


European Youth Championships Antalya, Turkey October 21st/29th

October 21st Preliminaries (Last 32)

56kg Craig Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to David Kharmats (Israel) 1-4
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) lost to Artur Szachbazian (Czech Republic) TKO2
64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Konrad Dialas (Poland) TKO2
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Pavel Kamanin (Estonia) 5-0

October 22nd (Last 16)

49kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Danil Lysenko (Russia) 1-4
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Amid Alizada (Azerbaijan) 3-2
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Olek Kravets (Ukraine) 5-0

Last 32
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Rami Kiwan (Bulgaria) 3-2

October 23rd (last 16)

64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Tomi Lorencic (Slovenia) TKO3
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Zav Yan (Israel) 5-0

October 24th (Q/finals)

52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Ivan Price (England) 1-4
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Nijat Hasanov (Azerbaijan) 5-0

October 25th (Q/Finals)

64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) lost to Tugrulhan Erdemir (Turkey) 0-5
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Djozdic Buksic (Serbia) 3-2

October 27th (S/Finals)

69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Mark Dickenson (England) 2-3
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) lost to Danil Teterev (Russia) 0-5

Irish squad

49kg Terry Donoghue (St Michaels Athy BC)
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun BC)
56kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin BC)
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown BC)
64kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic BC) (Bronze)
75kg Jordan Myers (Sligo City BC) (Bronze)

Head Coach: Zauri Antia

Coach: John Conlan

R&J: Diarmuid MacDiarmada