Members of the Irish squad at opening ceremony in Anapa

Members of the Irish squad at opening ceremony in Anapa

Four Irish boxers will battle in out for at least bronze at the European Youth Championships in Anapa, Russia tomorrow.

Brett McGinty produced a big performance this afternoon versus Hungary’s Laszio Kozak to book his place into the quarter-finals.

The Maygar welter, replying with plenty of return fire, provided solid opposition, but McGinty’s higher work-rate, relentless pursuit of his opponent and cleaner shots, particularly after he used his double jab as a triggering mechanism, deservedly earned him a unanimous decision.

The Oakleaf BC ace joins Terry McEntee, Oliver McCarthy and Martin John Mongan in the last-eight on Friday.

Jason Harty and Brian Kennedy bowed out today. Both men left everything in the ring against Georgia’s Iskekhan Madiev and Wales’ Sammy Lee.

Martin Jim Mongan took a standing count off a fairly innocuous-looking uppercut from Dzmitru Sinkin in the first round, and after he re-engaged with the Belarusian – with Mongan landing most of the shots in a brief exchange –  the ref bizarrely gave the Irish champion another count and stopped the contest.

European Youth Championships Anapa, Russia

(Last 16 unless stated)

June 7th
52kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) beat Mykola Lytvyschenko (Ukraine) 3-0
56kg James McGivern (Ireland) lost to Vladimir Strygin (Russia) 1-2 (last 32)
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Konrad Bialas (Poland) 3-0 (last 32)

June 8th
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Narek Ogannesyan (Armenia) 3-0
64kg Jason Harty (Ireland) beat Patryk Urbanski (Poland) 3-0 (last 32)
75kg Reece Moran (Ireland) lost to Stepane Mkhitarian (Georgia) 0-3
91kg+ Martin John Mongan (Ireland) beat Alexandr Borison (Moldova) 3-0

June 9th
64kg Jason Harty (Ireland) lost to Iskekhan Madiev (Georgia) 0-3
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Laszio Kozak (Hungary) 3-0
81kg Brian Kennedy (Ireland) lost to Sammy Lee (Wales) 0-3
91kg Martin Jim Mongan (Ireland) lost to Dzmitru Sinkin (Belarus) TKO1

June 10th
52kg Terry McEntee (Ireland) v Istvan Szaka (Hungary)
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) v Asseme Nauali (Finland)
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) v Gurgen Madayan (Armenia)
91kg+ Martin John Mongan (Ireland) v Vladislav Muravin (Russia)

Irish squad

52kg Terry McEntee (Old School)
56kg James McGivern (St Georges)
60kg Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillon’s)
64kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)
75kg Reece Moran (St Pauls Waterford)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys)
91kg Martin Jim Mongan (Ennis)
91kg+ Martin John Mongan (Ennis)

Team Manger: Stephen Connolly
Coaches: Billy McClean, Dmitry Dimitruk
R&J: Ben McGarrigle