John Joyce advanced at the European Youth Championships in Kolbrzeg, Poland this afternoon after beating Anton Stselmakhau of Belarus in the 75kg class.
But Cormac Long bowed out despite a big performance.
Joyce dominated in terms of cleaner punches landed, the Irish champion sending his durable opponent back into the ropes at the end of the first with a sweeping right.
The right hook proved to be one of Joyce’s best punches today, although the St Michael’s Athy BC middle also worked well to the body both hands in each of the three rounds en route to his second win in 24 hours.
Long was in against Stselmakhau’s compatriot Aleksandr Khalayeu but lost on a unanimous.
Irish coach John Conlan hailed the performances of Joyce and Willie Donoghue today, adding that Long performed excellently and they believed he did enough to get the verdict.
Earlier, Donoghue booked his ticket into the quarter-finals.
The ex AIBA World Junior champion, convincingly beat Bulgaria’s Kiril Rusinov on a unanimous decision (30-26,30-27,30-27).
“It was a masterclass in counter-punching from Willie,” said Irish team manager Brian Wallace.
Irish captain Frankie Cleary and Michael Nevin are in action tomorrow.
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European Youth Championships, Kolobrzeg, Poland
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Andreas Kayzourakis (Greece) 3-0
November 22nd (Last 16)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Kiril Rusinov (Bulgaria) 3-0
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Anton Stselmakhau (Belarus) 3-0
81kg Cormac Long (Ireland) lost to Aleksandr Khalayeu (Belarus) 0-3
56kg Frankie Cleary (Ireland) v Sandor Tar (Hungary) (Last 16)
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Heorhi Varashylau (Belarus) (Last 32)
November 24th (Last 16)
60kg James Mc Givern (Ireland) v Rasmus Bergman (Finland)
64kg Adam Kelly (Ireland) v Artur Prygoga (Ukraine)
49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) v Deiv Puodziunas (Lithuania) (Last 8)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) v Adniry Tyshkovets (Ukraine) (Last 8)
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Rasmus Bergman (Finland) (Last 16)
75kg John Joyce (Ireland) v Ben Whittaker (England) (Last 8)