Irish captain Thomas Carthy, Eugene McKeever and Geoffrey Kavanagh bowed out of the European U/22 Championships on unanimous and split decisions in Braila, Romania this afternoon and evening.

Carthy and Kavanagh were aiming to join their Glasnevin BC team-mate Jordan Moore in the last-eight on Saturday, but both had to accept second best against Ukraine’s Vitalii Pakuliak and Hungary’s Adam  Hamari in the super-heavy and heavy classes.

McKeever dropped Vitalii Tereshchuk with a sweet right hook near the end of the second, the Ukrainian taking a count, but the decision went against the Irishman on a split.

Current Elite champion Kurt Walker, Dylan Duffy, Keith Flavin, Keylan Cassidy and Brian Kennedy are in action on St Patrick’s Day.


European U/22 Championships Braila, Romania March 14th/22nd

March 14th

Last 32

75kg: Keylan Cassidy (Ireland) beat Armen Minasyan (Armenia) 5-0

March 15th

Last 16
52kg: Jordan Moore (Ireland) beat Andry Tyshkavenko (Ukraine) 4-1
Last 32

56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Adrian Powal (Poland) 4-1

March 16th

Last 16
69kg Eugene McKeever (Ireland) lost to Vitalii Tereshchuk (Ukraine) 2-3
91kg Geoffrey Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Adam Hamari (Hungary) 0-5

91kg+: Thomas Carty (Ireland) lost to Vitalii Pakuliak (Ukraine) 0-5

March 17th

Last 16
56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Raffaele di Serio (Italy)
60kg: Dylan Duffy (Ireland) v Romano Marengo (Netherlands)
64kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) v Mikhail Baisiakov (Belarus)
75kg: Keylan Cassidy (Ireland) v Salvatore Cavallaro (Italy)

81kg: Brian Kennedy (Ireland) v Polneikis Kalamaras (Greece)

March 18th


52kg: Jordan Moore (Ireland) v William Cawley (England)

Irish squad

52kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg Dylan Duffy (Pegasus)
64kg Keith Flavin (Paulstown)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family Drogheda)
75kg Keylan Cassidy (Saviours Crystal)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys Daingean)
91kg Geoffrey Kavanagh (Glasnevin)

91+kg Thomas Carty (Glasnevin) cpt

Team Manager: Paddy Osbourne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Pat McDonagh
R&J: Philip Rooney