It was a difficult day at the office for Team Ireland boxers contesting the European U22 Championships in Budva, Montenegro.
Thirty-four teams with 299 boxers (202 men and 97 women) are in Budva. The participating teams are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, IBA-Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and IBA-Neutral.
63.5kg Shamie McDonagh contested his second prelim bout of the tournament, meeting Georgia’s Lasha Gangnidze in Bout 4 of Ring B’s Afternoon Session. The Georgian came away with the 5-0 decision, the the bout was scored: 29:28; 29:28; 29:28; 29:28; 27:30. 80kg James Whelan, Dublin Docklands meets IBA Germany’s Danil Dadev 6 bouts later, in the same ring and session. This was another 5-0 decision, this time for the IBA Germany athlete. Judges scored the bout 27:30; 28:29; 27:30; 27:30; 28: 29.
James’ clubmate, 67kg Gareth Dowling, boxed Armenia’s Ararat Hartyunyan in Bout 8 of Ring A’s Evening Session – it was a very tight bout, resulting in a 3-2 split decision in favour of the Armenian boxer. The bout finished 29:28; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 29:28. While 60kg Rhys Owens, Erne BC also contested his second bout today, meeting Azerbaijan’s Maksud Khasmetov in Bout 4 of Ring B’s Evening Session. Rhys gave a standing count in the 3rd round, by the judges found in favour of the Azerbaijani boxer, 29: 28; 29:28; 29:28; 29:28; 29:28.
The host city, Budva, has a special resonance for Team Ireland – it was the location of the 2022 Women’s European Championship, where the team came home with 3 gold, a silver and 2 bronze medals, topping the table in the process.
Team Ireland had a very successful campaign at the 2022 European U22 Championships in Porec, Croatia, in March of that year, returning with 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The golds were claimed by heavyweight and now Paris 2024 Olympian, Jack Marley, Lisa O’Rourke who would claim a World gold just 2 months later, and 54kg Niamh Fay.
Five of Team Ireland’s women’s team boxers are in action on Wednesday. 48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC, is in action first, in the opening bout of Ring A’s Afternoon Session. She meets Turkey’s Nurselen Yagettekin. 70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC also contests against Turkish opposition, in the form of Yaren Duztas, in bout 9 of the same ring and session.
Day Four programme
48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC
50kg Chantelle Robinson, Saviours Crystal BC
57kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC
70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC
75kg Bethany Doocey, Castlebar BC
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa BC
48kg Padraig Downey, St. John Bosco BC, Antrim
51kg Clepson dos Santos, Holy Trinity BC
57kg Donagh Keary, Rathfriland BC
60kg Rhys Owens, Erne BC
63.5kg James “Shamie” McDonagh, St Paul’s Waterford
67kg Gareth Dowling, Dublin Docklands
75kg Gavin Rafferty, Dublin Docklands
80kg James Whelan, Dublin Docklands
86kg Kian Hedderman, O.L.O.L BC
Team Manager, Sean Crowley
Coach: Jay Delaney
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Liam Cunningham
Coach: Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Stephen Kelly
Draw sheets, team lists and previous results are available here
Session 3A results
Session 4B results
Session 5A results
Session 6B results