Edward Donovan and Irish coaches after today’s win


Team Ireland recorded three wins on Day 1 of the European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy this afternoon and evening.

Belfast middleweight Kane Tucker was unlucky to got out on a 3-2 split to Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic. Tucker earned two 30-27 rounds from two judges, but, crucially, the other three judges leaned 29-28 each to the opposition.

Limerick welter Edward Donovan, switching-hitting throughout, advanced after an impressive unanimous decision over Poland’s Michal Jarlinski.

Kildare’s Brandon McCarthy and Cork’s Callum Walsh, the current European Junior champion, maintained the momentum this evening on unanimous decisions.

Brandon McCarthy after tonight’s win.

McCarthy saw off Slovakia’s Alexander Tanko and Walsh took all five judges with him against Germany’s Kilp Frank after a titanic light-welter battle.

Walsh won’t have far to look for information on his next opponent, Ilya Popov. The Russian southpaw edged his Riverstown BC team-mate. Eamer Coughlan, in the 2015 World Junior final in St Petersburg, Russia.

Callum Walsh, coaches Billy McClean and Michael Carruth after win

Five Irish boxers are in action tomorrow in the preliminaries.

(Pictures courtesy of Irish coach Anita Just)

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.




European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy April 17/26

April 18th

Last 32

56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat  Alexander Tanko (Slovakia) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Kilp Frank (Germany) 5-0
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Michal Jarlinski (Poland) 5-0
75kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Gabrijel Veocic (Croatia) 2-3

April 19th

Last 16

48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) v Jvanisova Olena (Ukraine)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Weronikia Pawlak (Poland)

Last 32

52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland v Maksim Pankou (Belarus)
60kg Alex Higgins (Ireland) v Bojan Timotijevic (Serbia)

Last 16

81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) v Ahmad Abdun Abu (Israel)

April 20th

Last 16

49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Ali Dagly (Ukraine)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Joe Tyres (England)
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) v Ilya Popov (Russia)
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) v Konstantin Barbosu (Hungary)

April 21st

Last 16

51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Liubov Sharpova (Russia)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) v Aycan Guldagi (Turkey)


81kg Aibhe Carrabine (Ireland) v Sagit Emanur (Turkey)

April 22nd


65kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Anita Zilic (Croatia)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Sena Erdogen (Turkey)

Irish squad


49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgans)
64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
69kg Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.)
75kg Kane Tucker (Holy Family GG) Cpt
81kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott)
60kg Aoibha Ginty (Geesala)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigids Edenderry) Cpt
81kg Aoibhe Crabine (Geesala)

IABA President Dom O’Rourke
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell and Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan,Anita Just
R&J John Casey