Paddy Donovan, Brett McGinty, pictured above, and Kiril Afanasev won for Ireland on a night of split decisions versus the USA in Springfield.
Six bouts finished on 2-1 judgements with the first  five of those verdicts going against Ireland who lost 7-3 in the second leg of their three-match tour with the Americans who won 8-4 in Boston on Monday.
Virginia middleweight Troy Isley, a World Elite bronze medallist, claimed the Outstanding Boxer Award following his victory over Gerard French and the George Bates versus Marc Castro, a World Youth champion, three-rounder was selected as the bout of the night.
World Elite finalist Kellie Harrington, Wayne Kelly, Caoimhin Ferguson, Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes, Grainne Walsh, French and Bates were edged out against the Americans.
Walsh renewed acquaintances with Ohio’s Oshae Jones.

“I felt I lost the first round,” admitted the Irish Elite champion,” but I felt that it was impossible to give the second and third round against me. I caught her with big, big shots. I fought her Monday and I wanted to correct the mistakes I made in that fight, I did that.”


Paddy Donovan

Meantime, Donovan produced a stunning performance on his Elite international debut, the 19-year-old Limerick southpaw showcasing footwork, shot selection and ring craft to take all three judges with him versus 27-year-old Texas welter Quinton Randall, an AIBA World top-ten ranked fighter.
“Was told I was fighting USA No.1 and World No.8, first fight at Elite. It’s a big win in America for me,” said the Treaty City stylist.
Donegal-born McGinty, who boxes out of the Oakleaf BC in Derry, had his hand raised in victory after a fiery encounter with Nikita Ababiy.

“Delighted with the win, have had a few decisions not go my way lately and it was important to get the win tonight for my confidence. I know I have the performances in me and I’m delighted to get over the line tonight and get the result in a very good contest,” he said.


Kiril Afanasev

Dublin heavyweight Afanasev beat Adrian Tillman, who he edged in Boston on a split, on a unanimous verdict to end the night on a high note for Ireland and record his second victory of the tour.
The Irish team, under head coach Zaur Antia and coaches Philip Keogh, Martin Donovan and Paul Donovan, have been superb so far versus the Americans, according to IABA High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne.
“We’re very much focused on performances. There are no gold medals won at competitions like this. It’s all about building toward the majors, Europeans, Worlds and Olympic Games,“ he said.
“The squad are focussed on trying to implement things.They’re trying to improve all the time, and, I have to say, throughout this whole journey in the States, they have been absolutely superb.”

Both nations will meet for a third and final time in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 21.

USA v Ireland MassMutual Center Springfield

March 15th

60kg: Amelia Moore  beat Kellie Harrington 2-1
69kg: Oshae Jones beat Grainne Walsh 2-1
60kg: Marc Castro  beat George Bates  2-1
64kg Charlie Sheehy  beat Wayne Kelly 2-1
64kg: Tiger Johnson beat Caoimhin Ferguson 2-1
69kg: Quinton Randall lost to Paddy Donovan 0-3
75kg: Troy Isley beat Gerard French 3-0
75kg: Nikita Ababiy lost to Brett McGinty 1-2
81kg: Khalil Coe beat Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes 3-0
91kg: Adrian Tillman lost to Kiril Afanasev 0-3
USA 7 Ireland 3

USA v Ireland March 12th Boston

54kg: Virginia Fuchs beat Lauren Hogan RSC2
60kg: Stacia Suttles lost to Kellie Harrington 0-3
69kg: Oshae Jones beat Grainne Walsh 2-1
60kg: Marc Castro beat Frankie Cleary 3-0
60kg: Keyshawn Davis beat George Bates 3-0
64kg: Tiger Johnson beat Wayne Kelly 2-1
69kg: Quinton Randall lost to Kieran Molloy 1-2
75kg: Troy Isley beat Bret McGinty 3-0
75kg: Nikita Ababiy lost to Michael Nevin 1-2
81kg: Khalil Coe beat Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes 3-0
91kg: Adrian Tillman lost to Kiril Afanasev Pts 1-2
91kg+: Richard Torres beat Dean Gardiner 3-0
USA 8 Ireland 4

Irish squad


54kg: Lauren Hogan (St Brigid’s BC)

60kg: Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s BC)

69kg: Grainne Walsh (Spartacus BC)

75kg: Aoife Burke (St Mary’s BC)


91kg+: Dean Gardiner (Clonmel BC)

91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield BC)

81kg: Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes (Holy Trinity BC)

75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC)

75kg: Brett McGinty (Oakleaf BC)

75kg: Gerard French (Clonard BC)

69kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard BC)

69kg: Eugene McKeever (Holy Family BC)

64kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC)

64kg: Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard BC)

64kg: Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)

60kg: George Bates (St Mary’s BC)

60kg: Francis Cleary (Ballina BC)

Team manager – Bernard Dunne

Head coach – Zauri Antia

Coach – Phillip Keogh

Coach – Martin Donovan

Coach – Paul Thompson

USA Squad

Manchester March 21

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Katy, Texas, 29

56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, 29

60 kg: Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y., 23

60 kg: James Browning, Las Vegas, Nev., 18

64 kg: Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif., 19

69 kg: Quinton Randall, Humble, Texas, 27

69 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., 19

75 kg: Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., 19

75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo., 28

91 kg: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio, 18

91+ kg: Richard Torres, Tulare, Calif., 18