Wayne Kelly, Emmet Brennan and Kenny Okungboa progress in Ukraine.
Please see below attachment for Thursday’s quarter-final program.
Wayne Kelly advanced to the last eight of the Trestin Memorial in Odessa today.
The Westmeath light-welter beat Ukraine’s Zoravov Petrosayan in a tight three rounder to record his second win in 24 hours and join Tommy Hyde in the quarter-finals.
“No rest days out here,” said the Portlaoise BC southpaw after his victory. “Back again tomorrow. Every day I’m looking to just keep improving, fight by fight.”
Meanwhile, Emmet Brennan, who also won yesterday, advanced from a toe-to-toe battle with Nikita Yakimchyk of Ukraine.
The Dublin middleweight had to go down into the trenches with his fiery opponent with both men delivering and soaking up plenty of leather in a hard-punching 75kg clash.
It was Brennan, however, that will have the opportunity to trade more leather tomorrow after getting the nod, with three judges giving him all three rounds and the other to marking it two rounds apiece for the Irishman.
“Brilliant performance from Emmet. Fantastic fight, not stop action,” said Jimmy Halpin who is working Ireland’s corner with Eoin Pluck.
Halpin is also Brennan’s club coach at the Glasvenin BC.
Athlone BC heavyweight Kenny Okungboa completed the hat-trick with an inside the distance win over Kazakstan’s Shangarbek Batynula.
The Athlone BC heavyweight kept his jab pumping and his hooks flying and went about his business with accuracy and patience to dominate the first round and the man from Central Asia didn’t come out for the start of the second frame after he was retired on his stool.
Kelly, Brennan, Okungboa and Tommy Hyde will box for at least bronze tomorrow.
23rd Trestin Memorial Odessa, Ukraine
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat Vaghinak Bazeyan (Armenia) 5-0
69kg Aiden Walsh (Ireland) lost to Tibenius Barbuso (Hungary) 1-4
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Igor Harchenko (Ukraine) 5-0
81kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) beat Hindawl Al Oada (Jordan) 5-0
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat Zoravov Petrosayan (Ukraine) 3-2
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Nikita Yakimchyk (Ukraine) 5-0
91kg Kenny Okungbowa (Ireland) beat Shangarbek Batynula (Kazakhstan) RTD2
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Denys Pesotskyi (Ukraine)
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) v Ivan Papakyn (Ukraine)
81kg Tommy Hyde (Ireland) v Dannylo Zhasan (Ukraine)
91kg Kenny Okungbowa (Ireland) v Eshish Husain (Jordan)
63kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg Emmet Brennan (Glasnevin)
81kg Tommy Hyde (Mayfield)
91kg Ken Okungbowa (Athlone)
Coaches: Eoin Pluck and Jimmy Halpin