Adam Hession was beaten on a unanimous decision by Rotyslav Bilototskyi of Ukraine in the last eight of the European U/22 Championships in Vladikavkaz, Russia today.

Neither flyweight dominated the three rounder. Hession backed up his busy opponent in the first and responded well after soaking up right hook at the start of the second with three shots of his own.

Both men received public warnings for dropping their heads in a lively but untidy 52kg contest.

The third round was more or less a replica of frame one and two, but the Ukrainian began to lose momentum after getting the warning. However, his hand was raised in victory. Final scores 28-27 x 4 and 29-26 to Bilototskyi.

Earlier today, Gabriel Dossen was retired by the Irish corner in the third round versus Russia’s Aleksei Semykin in the middleweight class.

The Irish male captain won the first round 3-2 but was down twice late in the second and third for right and lefts hooks and took counts.

Dossen took another count from a short left in the third and the Irish corner threw in the towel with just under a minute to go in the final frame.

Scores at end of second round – 19-19,19-18 and 20-18,19-19,20-17 to Semykin.

The Russian middle, who was beaten by Michael Nevin – who Dossen beat in last month’s Irish Elite final – in the 2014 European Junior final in Russia, is now guaranteed at least bronze and  meets Dmytro Rybalkov of the Ukraine in the last four.

“Not the day we hoped for but this team of boxers have given everything they could, said Irish team manager Stephen Molloy.

“The experience will be invaluable going forward in their careers. We have seen some fantastic-performances and have Amy Broadhurst to look forward to in the semi finals.”

Dundalk lightweight Amy Broadhurst is the only Irish boxer left in the 34-nation tournament.

The Louth southpaw, the 2018 European U/22 lightweight champion, is guaranteed at least bronze in Russia and will be aiming to upgrade the colour of that medal to at least silver versus France’s Fatia Benmessahel on Friday.

Broadhurst, the current Irish Elite light welter champion who has dropped down a weight for Vladikavkaz, has an extra incentive to reach Sunday’s (March 17) 60kg final as she celebrates her birthday on St Patrick’s Day.

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


March 15


60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Fatia Benmessahel (France)
60kg Shona Whitwell (England) v Rebecca Nicoli (Italy)

March 13


52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) lost to Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland lost to Aleksei Semykin (Russia) ABD3

March 12


51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Giovanna Marchese (Italy) 1-4
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Anastasiya Shamonova (Russia) 0-5

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


Irish squad


51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)

57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthonys)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Bronze, at least)

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