Team Ireland have claimed two medals at the Men’s European Championships in Yerevan, Armenia, following quarter final victories by Gabriel Dossen and Dylan Eagleson.
Middleweight Gabriel Dossen contested his third bout of the tournament against Norway’s Mindaugas Gedminas. Gabriel, of Olympic BC Galway, put on an assured and stylish display. The judges scored the bout 28:29, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30, 29:28, assuring Gabriel of at least a bronze medal, and a semi final place.
Dylan Eagleson of St. Paul’s BC Belfast, boxing at 54kgs, met Spain’s Gabriel Masunano Escobar. The 4-1 split decision went in the Irish boxer’s favour, and he claims at least a bronze medal. The judges scored the bout 29:28, 29:28, 28:29, 29:28, 30:27.
51kg Sean Mari was the first Irish boxer in action on quarter finals day, against England’s Kiaran MacDonald. Sean contested strongly, and the judges delivered a split decision, 4-1, in favour of the boxer in blue. Final scores: 27:30, 29:28, 28:29, 28:29, 27:30.
Minimum weight Rickey Nesbitt met Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sebahtin in his quarter final. It was a testy bout that ultimately went to the Team Ireland boxer’s opponent on a UD. Scores: 27:30, 28:29, 27:30, 28:29
JP Hale contested his quarter final strongly, and also came away with a split decision loss, against, Georgia’s Artyush Gomtsayan. Final scores: 29:28, 28:29, 27:30, 28:29, 28:29.
Team Ireland Head Coach, Zauri Antia, says “The performance of all Team Ireland boxers in these championships are indicative of the preparation at the pre-tournament training camp in Assisi. This was a two week multi-nation camp, where Irish boxers had the opportunity to spar boxers from across the world, and the time to hone their skills. The men have also been inspired by Team Ireland’s performance at the Women’s World Championships”. Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke made Irish boxing history on May 19th, when they became the first Team Ireland boxers to contest finals at the same Women’s World Championships. Both claimed victory, and gold, at 63kg and 70kg, respectively.
Saturday is a rest day for the tournament, and semi-finals take place on Sunday. One ring will be in operation. The afternoon session, beginning at 11am, Irish time. Dylan takes on Bulgaria’s Daniel Panev Senov in bout 4 of Ring A’s afternoon session – Gabriel contests against Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro five bouts later.
The tournament is being live-streamed by the EUBC and IBA.
Watch Dylan and Gabriel here:
48kg Ricky Nesbitt, Holy Family, Drogheda
51kg Sean Mari, Monkstown BC, Dublin
54kg Dylan Eagleson, St. Paul’s, Belfast
57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway
60kg JP Hale, Star ABC, Belfast.
63.5kg Brandon McCarthy, St. Michael’s, Athy.
67kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda
71kg Luke Maguire, Esker BC, Dublin
75kg Gabriel Dossen, Olympic, Galway.
92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin
Draw sheets for all Team Ireland boxers are here
Day One results are here
Day Two results are here
Day Three results are here
Day Four results are here
Session 8 A results
Session 8 B results
Session 9 A results
Session 9 B results
Tournament schedule, by weight: