Michael Donoghue, Jack Charles, Patrick Donovan and Cain Lewis recorded four wins from four at the European Schoolboys Championships in Valcea, Romania today.
Donoghue, in action on the first bout of the program, and Lewis, between the ropes in the last fight on the roster, had their hands raised in triumph. In between, Charles and Donovan scored impressive victories.
Donoghue show his class in an open and entertaining contest with England’s Jack Dryden, the lightest boxer on the Irish panel finding the target with a succession of counter punches against his talented opponent.
Charles forced Vadim Yutonov of Moldova into standing counts in the second and third rounds and the ref called a halt after the Moldovan was rocked again by the dominant young Irishman with less than 30 seconds to go.
Galway southpaw Donovan earned a unanimous decision over Pavel Bozovic of Montenegro, the Irish flyweight repeatedly finding the target with backhands – and a few rights thrown into the bargain – to take all three rounds.
Lewis completed a fine day for Irish boxing with a first round stoppage of Jure Bratovich. The Croat took a standing count inside the first minute and his corner threw in the towel after he went down under a cluster of punches from the Ballymun BC prospect moments later.
Speaking of clusters, fifteen Irish boxers are now through to the quarter-finals in Valcea.
Irish team manager, Peter O’Donnell, hailed the performances of the Irish quartet in today’s bouts.
Cahir Gormley, Sean Roche and Eoghan Lavin are in action tomorrow.
European Schoolboys Championships 2017, Valcea, Romania July 17th/26th
July 18th (Last 16)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) beat Samuel Florin-Cimpoesu (Romania) 5-0
July 19th (Last 16)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) beat Einoras Sinkevicus (Lithuania) TKO2
48kg Sheamie McDonagh (Ireland) beat Beka Tserediani (Georgia) 5-0
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) beat Barga Entika (Hungary) 5-0
62kg Danny McHugh (Ireland) lost to Marcus Ellis (England) 2-3
July 20th (Last 16)
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (Ireland) beat Jack Dryden (England) 4-1
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) beat Vadim Ystonov (Moldova) TKO3
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Pavel Bozovic (Montenegro) 5-0
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) beat Jure Bratovich (Croatia) TKO1
July 21st (Last 16)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) v Gabriel Paynarov (Bulgaria)
54kg Sean Roche (Ireland) v Ersun Goktur (Turkey)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Kamil Urbaniak (Poland)
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (Ireland) v Radoslav Rosenov (Bulgaria) or Dmytro Moldov (Ukraine)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ireland) v Yaslin Farell (Germany)
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) v Zgajner Jure (Slovakia)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (Ireland) v Abdullah Karpuz (Turkey)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) v Vlad Vaskovskyii (Ukraine)
48kg Sheamie McDonagh (Ireland) v Alexandr Zyrianov (Russia)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) v Yunis Guliiev (Ukraine)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) v Lukasz Perkoski (Poland)
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) v TBA
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) v Yahor Simakov (Belarus)
68kg John Ward (Ireland) v Szyman Szyma (Poland)
72kg Sean Walsh (Ireland) v Alam Kudic Ccroatia)
76kg Darragh Farrell (Ireland) v Borna Loncaric (Croatia)
80kg Jordan Ward (Ireland) v Arten Buiru (Ukraine)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Ireland) v Hovhan Papazyan (Armenia)
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ballybough)
41.5kg Jake Charles (Mullingar Elite)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (St Aidans)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Maydown Olympic)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (St Pauls Wat)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Olympic)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ballymun)
54kg Sean Roche (Donore)
56kg James Whelan (Dublin Docklands)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
62kg Danny McHugh (Two Castles)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Cashen Vale)
68kg John Ward (Brosna) cpt
72kg Sean Walsh (Trojan)
76kg Darragh Farrell (St Josephs Edenderry)
80kg Jordan Ward (Bay City)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Crumlin)
Team Manager – Peter O’Donnell
Coaches – Stephen McElhinney, Paddy Gallagher and Liam Brereton
R&J – Larry Durand