Spain beat Ireland 3-2 in last night’s international in Albacete, Spain.
Rio Olympian Samuel Carmona, Jose Quilles and Johan Oroco recorded victories for the host nation, with John Joyce and Sean Dempsey impressing for Ireland in the Elite and Youth class.
Carmona beat TJ Waite, his second victory over an Irish fighter this year as he also beat Paddy Barnes at the Rio Olympics in what was Barnes’ last amateur contest for Ireland before switching codes.
Both sides met on a multiple bout Fight Club of Albacete card which featured a Best Boxer Award named after famed bullfighter Sergio Serrano and footballer Francisco Javier Marmol Rodrigue.
Irish coach Jimmy Halpin described last evening’s well-attended meeting as very competitive and Spain as strong.
The Irish squad are due to arrive home at 4.30pm this afternoon via Dublin Airport.
52kg TJ Waite (Ireland) lost to Samuel Carmona (Spain) TKO1
56kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) lost to Jose Quiles (Spain) 1-2
64kg Patrick Linehan (Ireland) lost to Johan Orozco (Spain) TKO2
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Jose Luis Serrano (Spain) 3-0
63kg Sean Dempsey (Ireland) beat Alberto Alcara (Spain) 3-0
52kg T.J Waite (Ormeau Road)
56kg Stephen McKenna (Old School)
64kg Patrick Linehan (St Marys)
75kg John Joyce (St Michaels Athy)
63kg Sean Dempsey (Sacre Coeur)
Team Manager: Joe Charles
Coaches: Jimmy Halpin,Eoin Pluck
R&J: Michael Gill