World boxing powerhouses Ireland, Russia, Cuba and Kazakhstan will go head-to-head in seven of Sunday’s quarter-finals at the Pavlyukov Memorial in Anapa, Russia tomorrow.
The Boys in Green recorded six wins out of seven today to set up the last-eight showdowns by the banks of the Black Sea.
Kieran Molloy, Kevin Kehoe, Aaron McKenna, James McGivern, Paddy Donovan and Michael Nevin had their hands raised in victory to join Brian Kennedy in the last-eight.
Irish captain Shane Flavin was very unlucky to bow out on a split decision to home favourite Ruslan Sinicyn in the flyweight class.
“It was a fantastic day and we’re very pleased with all the performances of our boys. This squad is a developing squad and they are making excellent progress at a very prestigious tournament. We have seven in quarter-final action tomorrow and all seven, as always, will be giving it 100%,“ said Irish coach Billy McClean.
Boxing begins at 9am (Irish time) on Sunday morning.
Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Anapa, Russia March 11/16
Preliminaries (last 16)
52kg Shane Flavin (Ireland) lost to Ruslan Sinicyn (Russia) 1-2
64kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Tyler Jolly (Scotland) 2-1
56kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) beat William Stuart (Scotland) 2-1
56kg James McGivern (Ireland) beat Mamapali Nursuit (Kyrgyzstan) 3-0
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Hamraous Loures (France) 3-0
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Aybek Akylkbekuulu (Kyrgyzstan) 3-0
75kg Kevin Kehoe (Ireland) beat Jack Gipp (Australia) 3-0
56kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) v Denis Darilov (Russia)
56kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Sanatali Taltaev (Kazakhstan)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Artem Butaev (Russia)
64kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Dmitry Zubko (Russia)
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Vladimir Tolozyam (Russia) or TBC
75kg Kevin Kehoe (Ireland) v Lenar Perez-Fransua (Cuba)
81kg Brian Kennedy (Ireland) v Sergey Murashey (Russia)
52kg Shane Flavin (Paulstown)
56kg Aaron McKenna (Old School)
56kg James McGivern (St Georges)
60kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
75kg Kevin Keogh (Marble City)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys D)
Team manager: Gerry O’Mahony
Coaches: Billy McClean & Fergal McKenna
Physio Orla O’Rourke
R&J: Larry Durand