Brandon McCarthy advanced to the last 16 of the European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships in Sofia this afternoon.

But Jude Gallagher and Jason Myers bowed out at the last 32 stages on split decisions to Ukraine’s Ali Dahly and Ilia Bogayyrev of Russia in the fly and light-heavy classes.

McCarthy was always in the driving seat and earned a unanimous decision over Azeri lightweight Eldar Babayev, but Gallagher was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 3-2 split to Dahly in the first bout on today’s card in Ring B.

Myers took the fight to Bogayyrev in all three rounds and found the target with some big head and body shots in rounds one, but the rangy Russian light-heavy, whose left jab appears to have been the deciding factor, took a 4-1 split.

Matthew Tyndall and Willian Hayden are in action in the second session which begins at 4.30pm (Irish time).

The opening ceremony will be held this evening in Sofia.

(Image: Irish boxers at weigh-in this morning)


2019 European Men’s and Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria (September 2/11)

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) v Arsen Grigoryan (Armenia)
81kg Jason Myers (Ireland) lost to Ilia Bogatyrev (Russia) 1-4

September 5

Last 16

49kg Ryan Dunne (Ireland) v Rudolf Garnoyan (Armenia)
57kg Lauren Dempsey-Fitzmaurice (Ireland) v Mirela Nastase (Romania)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) v Amina Abramova (Ukraine)
69kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) v Annemarie Schierle (Germany)
75kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) v Vladimir Bezdenezznyich (Germany)
91+kg Owney McDonagh (Ireland) v Ugur Aydemir (Ukraine)

September 6

Last 16

51kg Nicole Clyde (Ireland) v Juna Schop (Netherlands)
54kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) v Sharon Prisco (Italy)
56kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Ukraine or Armenia)
60kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Shalva Sajaia (Georgia)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Paige Richardson (England)
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) v Bernhard Rentmeister (Germany)
75kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) v Ivona Drnic (Croatia)

September 7


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Russia or France
81kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) v Emily Asquith (England)


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