Callum Walsh, Dean Clancy and Thomas Doherty posted impressive wins at the European Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria today to join Jude Gallagher in the quarter-finals.
But Peter Vrinceanu and Patrick McCarthy lost to Russian opponents on split and unanimous decisions.
Clancy out-punched Armenia’s Artur Shahakyan in a fiery contest to earn a well-deserved 4-1 decision and Walsh was well on top versus Racz Kristopher in the 60kg class.
The Hungarian lightweight, to his credit, kept plugging away until the final bell, but Walsh consistently found the target with solid head and body shots in all three rounds.
Doherty met Turkish southpaw Sahin Ergul in the 22nd and final bout on today’s program, the Irish light-heavy getting the better of an open and entertaining bout to book his ticket into the last-eight.
Vrinceanu is unlucky, to say the least, not to be involved in Friday’s semi-finals. The Dubliner more than matched Anatalii Fedotkin in every department, but three of the five judges leaned toward the Russian light-welter. One judge marked it 30-27 to the Crumlin BC stand out.
A win for Patrick McCarthy, who put in a massive effort today, would have guaranteed at least bronze in the first bout featuring Ireland this afternoon, but Vakhaev Mukhaed deservedly progressed.
Gallagher, Clancy, Walsh and Doherty are back between the ropes tomorrow one win each away from at least bronze.
European Junior Championships Albena, Bulgaria
Preliminaries (Last 32)
46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Paul Cameron (England) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Nazar Fadzeyeu (Belarus) 5-0
54kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat David Gvasalia (Georgia) 5-0
57kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) beat Luca Filip (Croatia) TKO1
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Ireland) beat Luca de Chiava (Italy) 5-0
66kg William Hayden (Ireland) lost to Jaba Tchumbashvili (Georgia) 2-3
70kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) beat Gyula Varga (Hungary) 5-0
80Kg+ Cathal Crowley (Ireland) lost to Aleksei Dronov (Russia) TKO1
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Ireland) beat Owen Paton (Scotland) 5-0
70kg Jake Tucker (Ireland) lost to Ilia Bogaturev (Russia) 1-4
46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Maksud Khasmetov (Azerbaijan) 4-1
50kg Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Madalin Popescu (Romania) 0-5
54kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Harry Kinsella (England) 0-5
57kg Mikey Stokes (Ireland) lost to Bakur Chikovani (Georgia) 0-5
75kg Gavin Rafferty (Ireland) lost to Emir Buyukdas (Turkey) 0-5
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Vakhaev Mukhaed (Russia) 0-5
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Artur Shahakyan (Armenia) 4-1
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Racz Kristopher (Hungary) 5-0
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Ireland) lost to Anatalii Fedotkin (Russia) 2-3
80kg Thomas Doherty (Ireland) beat Sahin Ergul (Turkey) 4-1
46kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Luka Kublashvili (Georgia)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Mizan Aykol (Turkey)
60kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) v Mehmet Sor (Germany)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Ireland) v Ruslan Shapovalov (Ukraine)
46kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Tralee)
50kg Myles Casey (Rathkeale)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
54kg Brandon McCarthy (St. Michaels Athy) Cpt
57kg Mikey Stokes (Athlone)
60kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Crumlin)
66kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
70kg Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity) V/Cpt
75kg Gavin Rafferty (St. Cianans)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
80+kg Cathel Crowley (Spartan)
Team Manager – Peter Brady
Coaches – Billy McClean & Dmitri Dmitruk
R&J – John Casey