Ireland recorded a hat-trick of wins this afternoon to book tickets into Saturday’s finals at the Brandenburg Box Cup in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.
Adam Hession, John Paul Hale and Owen McDongan upgraded their guaranteed bronze to at least silver after recording hard-fought and impressive points wins.
The Antrim, Connaught and Munster trio won on split decision (4-1 or 3-2 to be confirmed).
Hession saw off the challenge of Italian light-fly Massimo Spada in a fiery 49kg encounter and Hale beat Belarusian bantam Ijya Varabyou in a contest which occasionally broke out into an all-out slug-fest, particularly at the start of round two.
Cork flyweight McDonagh completed the three-in-a-row after a fiery encounter with Russia’s Asker Tambiev, who received a public warning for pushing the Leesider onto the canvas in the first.
(Russia are using two sides in Germany).
“Excellent performances from Adam and John and they’re guaranteed silver now. They both won tough fights against very good opponents. Owen totally deserved his win. He (Russian opponent) was really up for it, but Owen boxed very well,” said Irish team manager Gerry O’Mahony.
Brandenburg Youth Cup Frankfurt/Oder Germany
49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Makhmud Sabyrkhan (Kazakhstan)
52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) v Hope Price (England)
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) v Dibars Zhexen (Kazakhstan)
49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) beat Massimo Spada (Italy) 4-1
52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) beat Asker Tambiev (Russia K) 4-1
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) beat Ijya Varabyou (Belarus) 4-1
91kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Hassan Hagag (Austria) 0-5July 4
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Mert Caliskan (Germany) 3-2
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) beat Aman Poorasghar (Germany) 5-0
69kg Christian Preston (Ireland) lost to Timur Nurushev (Russia) 0-5
81kg Jack Lawlor (Ireland) lost to Georgy Gubeladze (Germany) 1-4
91kg Owen McDonagh (St Annes)
Team Manager: Gerry O’Mahony (Dungarvan)
Coaches: Phil Sutcliffe (Crumlin) & Stephen Friel (Illies GG)
R&J: P McEvoy (Avona)