Galway middleweight Gabriel Dossen moved to within one win of at least bronze after seeing off the challenge of Hambardzum Hakobya at the European U/22 Championships in Romania today.

But Irish captain Jordan Moore bowed out despite a top class performance against Romania’s Eusebi Jitaru in the bantam class.

Dossen’s slick counter-punching and jab took the first round against the durable Armenian. The second frame was untidy, but the Irish champion returned to his boxing to take the third and a 4-1 victory.

He’ll now meet Georgia’s Giorge Kharabadze, who was beaten by Ireland’s John Joyce in the last-four of the 2014 European Youths in Zagreb, on Thursday.

Moore boxed well in all three rounds of today’s encounter with the defending bantamweight champion, the Dubliner repeatedly clipping his aggressive opponent with single shots and combinations throughout, but Jitaru, whose best work was from close range, was awarded a unanimous decision.

Amy Broadhurst and Shannon Sweeney (to be confirmed) are in action tomorrow.

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European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Targu Jiu, Romania March 24/April 2

March 25th

Last 16

51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Aikaterini Koutsogeorgo (Greece) 0-5
57kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Nedkova Ivanova (Bulgaria) 1-4

March 26th

Last 16

52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Maksim Stakheev (Russia) 1-4

Last 32

91kg Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) lost to Felix Kuhne (Germany) 0-5

March 27th

Last 16

75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Hambardum Hakobya (Armenia) 4-1

56kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Eusebi Jitaru (Romania) 0-5



March 28th (to be confirmed)

48kg Shannon Sweeney (Ireland) v Mari-Emi Todorova (Bulgaria)
60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) v Esra Yildiz (Turkey)

March 29th

75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) V  Giorge Kharabadze (Georgia)

S/Final (dates to be confirmed)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Carlotta Paoletti (Italy)


Irish squad


75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
57kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)


52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team manager: Anna Moore & Paddy Osborne
Head coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Thomas Murray, Valerie Hamilton
R&J: Philip Rooney