IRELAND’S top prospects recorded three wins from four at the European Youths in Antalya,Turkey today.

David Oliver Joyce, Gabriel Dossen and Jordan Myers advanced deeper into the tournament following impressive victories.

Terry Donoghue was unlucky not to progress.The St MIchael’s Athy man more than matched Danil Lysenko, a favourite for gold, all the way but the Russian light-fly got the decision following a cracking bout.

Joyce never took his foot of the pedal and maintained his intensity in all three rounds to book his ticket to within one win of at least bronze versus Azeri flyweight Amid Alizada in a fine performance, while Dossen recorded his second win in 24 hours against Olek Kravets of the Ukraine, the Galway southpaw once again showing his class and using his jab to maximum effect to keep his talented opponent at bay.

Myers beat Bulgaria’s Rami Kiwan in a proverbial slug-fest. Both young men basically went at each other hammer and thongs from opening to closing bell – but Myers’ relentless pursuit of his opponent, and bigger shots off both hands, took the decision.

He’ll be back between the ropes again tomorrow along with Paddy Donovan with both men boxing for a place in the quarter-finals.


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) v Tomi Lorencic (Slovenia)
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) v Zav Yan (Israel)
October 24th (Q/finals)
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Ivan Price (England)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Nijat Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
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)
75kg Jordan Myers (Sligo City BC)
Head Coach: Zauri Antia
Coach: John Conlan
R&J: Diarmuid MacDiarmada