Irish squad


Ireland recorded a hat-trick of wins this afternoon to book tickets into Saturday’s finals at the Brandenburg Box Cup in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.

Adam Hession, John Paul Hale and Owen McDongan upgraded their guaranteed bronze to at least silver after recording hard-fought and impressive points wins.

The Antrim, Connaught and Munster trio won on split decision (4-1 or 3-2 to be confirmed).

Hession saw off the challenge of Italian light-fly Massimo Spada in a fiery 49kg encounter and Hale beat Belarusian bantam Ijya Varabyou in a contest which occasionally broke out into an all-out slug-fest, particularly at the start of round two.

Cork flyweight McDonagh completed the three-in-a-row after a fiery encounter with Russia’s Asker Tambiev, who received a public warning for pushing the Leesider onto the canvas in the first.

(Russia are using two sides in Germany).

“Excellent performances from Adam and John and they’re guaranteed silver now. They both won tough fights against very good opponents. Owen totally deserved his win. He (Russian opponent) was really up for it, but Owen boxed very well,” said Irish team manager Gerry O’Mahony.

Brandenburg Youth Cup Frankfurt/Oder Germany

July 7


49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Makhmud Sabyrkhan (Kazakhstan)
52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) v Hope Price (England)
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) v Dibars Zhexen (Kazakhstan)

July 6


49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) beat Massimo Spada (Italy) 4-1
52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) beat Asker Tambiev (Russia K) 4-1
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) beat Ijya Varabyou (Belarus) 4-1

July 5


52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) beat Nikita Sevostyanov (Russia) 4-1
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) beat Rasual Hamad (Germany) 4-1
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Rakhat Seitzhan (Kazakhstan) 0-5
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Talgen Shaiken (Kazakhstan) 0-5
75kg Sean Crowley (Ireland) lost to Vadim Andreyev (Belarus) 0-5
91kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Hassan Hagag (Austria) 0-5July 4

Last 16

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Mert Caliskan (Germany) 3-2
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) beat Aman Poorasghar (Germany) 5-0
69kg Christian Preston (Ireland) lost to Timur Nurushev (Russia) 0-5
81kg Jack Lawlor (Ireland) lost to Georgy Gubeladze (Germany) 1-4

Irish squad

49kg Adam Hession (Monivea) (Silver, at least)
52kg Owen McDonagh (Leeside Lough) (Silver, at least)
56kg John Paul Hale (Star) (Silver, at least)
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Pearce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg Christian Preston (Dublin Docklands)
75kg Sean Crowley (Arklow)
81kg Jack Lawlor (Thurles)
91kg Owen McDonagh (St Annes)

Team Manager: Gerry O’Mahony (Dungarvan)
Coaches: Phil Sutcliffe (Crumlin) & Stephen Friel (Illies GG)
R&J: P McEvoy (Avona)