One opening day win for Team Ireland at the World Youth Championships

75kg TJ King had a sensational debut on the first day of the World Youth Championships in La Nucia, Spain.

The Phoenix of Ballyboughal, Dublin stepped between the ropes against Estonia’s Igor Antonov, and it was all over before the first round was out – the middle weight claimed his win by way of RSC.

Not to be, however, for minimum Patsy Joyce, who met India’s Vishvanath Sureshvish. It initially appeared that the decision was to go the Westmeath boxer’s way. However, bout review was invoked. This took in to account the scores of the ringside Observer and Evaluator, and added them to those of the 5 judges. This gave a 4-3 decision in favour of the India boxer. The five judges had scored the bout: 28:29, 29:28
30:27, 27:30, 27:30

51kg Jack Harkin also fell afoul of the dreaded 3-2, against opponent David Miguel Ibanez Ospino of Colombia. The judges scored the bout: 30:27, 28:29, 29:28, 28:29, 30:27

Bout Review Process:

The IBA, on Friday, announced the return of the bout review system, which had been suspended. It says “The full digital ecosystem is to be implemented by January 2023.” and it outlines the operation of the system at the World Youth Championships

“A hand will be raised by the Observer to activate the review process so that the respective coaches and boxers are fully aware that a review has been initiated. Immediately upon the conclusion of the bout, and within 5 minutes, the review must be done and concluded.

The Bout Review will be automatically activated if there is a discrepancy between the results of the 5 Judges and both the Observer and Evaluator; the review will be activated in the result of an inconsistency with the following points decisions (3:2). The review will also be considered if the actions of the Referee have contravened the Technical and Competition Rules, which have impacted on the overall result of the bout. This must be agreed upon by both the Observer and Evaluator in the first instance.

The scores will be compared between the respective Judges and those of the Observer and Judge Evaluator.  If the Observer and Judge Evaluator agree that the decision of the Judges is correct, then there will be no change in the result.

If the Observer and Judge Evaluator disagree with the results of the Judges, for example, the overall result after three rounds is 3:2 to red, however, both the Judge Evaluator and Observer have scored the bout to blue, the adjusted result in this instance would be 3:4 to blue. This is when the bout result would be announced a blue win, based on the evaluations by both the Observer and the Judge Evaluator.

In the event of a Bout Review, the Observer and Evaluator will determine the winner of the bout using all three scoring criteria:

  • Number of quality blows on the target;
  • Domination of the bout by technical and tactical superiority;
  •  Competitiveness.

In the case of a Bout Review claiming that an IBA Technical and Competition Rule was violated by the Referee, the Observer and Referee Evaluator will determine the winner of the protested bout by reviewing the detail and finding:

  •  A clear violation of a rule that warrants the reversal of the decision.

The review should clearly indicate which IBA rule(s) has/have been breached, in which round(s) the breach is alleged to have taken place and how the breach(es) affected the final result.”

Day Two

There will, for the second day, be six sessions of boxing. 5 Team Ireland boxers are in action

57kg Roy Farrelly takes on Chen-Hsueh Lee of Taipei in bout 10 of Ring A’s morning session, while his clubmate, 60kg Lee McEvoy, opens his account in bout 9 of Ring A’s afternoon session, against Turkey’s Muhammed Bursa.

Featherweight, Rebecca Kavanagh, meets Italy’s Luisa Acconcia in Bout 1 of Ring B’s afternoon session. In bout 5 of the same ring and session, light middleweight Laura Moran also meets an Italian opponent, in Gloria Marelli.

And in Ring B’s evening session, bantamweight Gavin Ryan contests against Belgium’s Adam Bensaddoun in bout 6

Two programme:


Ring A, sessions 4A, 5A and 6A

Ring B, sessions 4B, 5B and 6B

Team Ireland Squad


48kg Thady Patsy Joyce, Olympic L, Westmeath

51kg Jack Harkin, Oakleaf BC, Derry

54kg Gavin Ryan, Ratoath BC, Meath

57kg Roy Farrelly, Avona BC, Dublin

60kg Lee McEvoy, Avona BC, Dublin

67kg James Donovan, OLOL, Limerick

71kg Bobbi Flood, Cabra BC, Dublin

75kg TJ King, Phoenix of Ballyboughal, Dublin

80kg Ryan Murphy, Neilstown, Dublin

86kg Nathan Ojo, Esker, Dublin

92kg David McDonagh, Olympic BC, Galway

92+ Bernard Cawley, St. David’s BC, Naas


48kg Georgia McGovern, Setanta L, Kildare

50kg Caoimhe Kinsella, St Anthony’s/Pats, Wexford

52kg Esther Lambe, Setanta L, Kildare

54kg Shakira Donoghue, Templemore, Tipperary

57kg Rebecca Kavanagh, Mulhuddart,

60kg Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians BC, Dublin

63kg Rebecca Collins, Baldoyle, Dublin

66kg Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch, Dublin

70kg Laura Moran, St Anne’s, Mayo

81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa, Louth

81+kg Cliona D’Arcy, Tobar Pheadair, Galway

Team Manager: Francis Keeling

Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon

Coach: Lynne McEnery

Coach: Michael Mongan

Coach: Liam Cunningham

Draw sheets are available here

Session 1A results

Session 1B results

Session 2A results

Session 2B results

Session 3A results

Session 3B results