Sligo’s Jordan Myers, pictured, joined Galway’s Gabriel Dossen in the semi-finals of the European Youth Championships after another massive performance in Antalya,Turkey today.


But Limerick’s Patrick Donovan was adjudged to have been beaten 29-28 across the board by home boxer Tugrulhan Erdemir, the current World Junior champion.


Myers,not for the first time in Antalya,put it all on the line in a fiery battle with durable Serbian middleweight Djozdic Buksic.


Both young men had their moments,but Myers’ cleaner work at the start of the first and his greater punch volume and industry throughout saw his hand raised in victory on a split decision.


The 2013 European Schoolboy champion will meet Russia’s 2016 European Junior champion Danil Teterev in the last-four.


Donovan, on unofficial cards, won rounds two and three of his contest. The first frame was pretty close in the repeat of the 2015 World Junior final which Erdemir won in Russia.


Inching toward his opponent for the majority of the three-rounder,Donovan landed the cleaner shots throughout and found the target with three straight rights in the third. He also rattled the Turk, who worked well on the inside in all three rounds, with a sweeping left in the first.


Magnificent performance from the Irish captain.


Tomorrow is a rest day at the tournament. Dossen and Myers, both guaranteed at least bronze, will be back in action on Friday.



European Youth Championships Antalya, Turkey October 21st/29th

October 21st Preliminaries (Last 32)

56kg Craig Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to David Kharmats (Israel) 1-4
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) lost to Artur Szachbazian (Czech Republic) TKO2
64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Konrad Dialas (Poland) TKO2
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Pavel Kamanin (Estonia) 5-0

October 22nd (Last 16)

49kg Terry Donoghue (Ireland) lost to Danil Lysenko (Russia) 1-4
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Amid Alizada (Azerbaijan) 3-2
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Olek Kravets (Ukraine) 5-0

Last 32
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Rami Kiwan (Bulgaria) 3-2

October 23rd (last 16)

64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Tomi Lorencic (Slovenia) TKO3
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Zav Yan (Israel) 5-0

October 24th (Q/finals)

52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Ivan Price (England) 1-4
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Nijat Hasanov (Azerbaijan) 5-0

October 25th (Q/Finals)

64kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) lost to Tugrulhan Erdemir (Turkey) 0-5
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) beat Djozdic Buksic (Serbia) 3-2

October 27th (S/Finals)

69kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Mark Dickenson (England)
75kg Jordan Myers (Ireland) v Danil Teterev (Russia)

Irish squad

49kg Terry Donoghue (St Michaels Athy BC)
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun BC)
56kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin BC)
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown BC)
64kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic BC) (Bronze, at least)
75kg Jordan Myers (Sligo City BC) (Bronze, at least)

Head Coach: Zauri Antia

Coach: John Conlan

R&J: Diarmuid MacDiarmada