Edward Donovan and Callum Walsh bowed out the European Youth Championships at the last 16 stage in Italy tonight.

Donovan lost on a 4-1 split to Hungary’s Konstantin Barbosu after three tight rounds which could have gone either way in the welter class.

Both men receiving warnings for dropping their heads in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of a contest in which the pair landed plenty of leather. Big performance from Donovan against the 2014 European Schoolboy champion.

Walsh produced a world class display in his all-southpaw 64kg battle with Russia’s Ilya Popov.

The Rebel County lefty, the current European Junior champion, repeatedly stung the current World Junior champion in the first round and edged rounds two and three against his talented opponent. However, the 4-1 split verdict went against the Irish light-welter.

Earlier today, Jude Gallagher, Dean Clancy and Brandon McCarthy advanced in the 49kg, 52kg and 56kg classes on unanimous decisions over the Ukraine, Turkey and England.

Gallagher was involved in a fiery three-rounder with Kiev southpaw Ali Dagly, the Irish fly, whose cleaner shots took the day, winning the first round on all five cards and the second and third 4-1.

Clancy was on top in all three frames against his Murat Ugurlu, the national champion slipping home some neat shots off both hands – and showcasing some outrageous evasive manoeuvres – in the first two frames before earning two 10-8 scores in the final stanza to seal a comprehensive win.

McCarthy beat England’s Joe Tyres 30-27 across the board. The Kildare bantam set his stall out early in this match between two former Monkstown Box Cup champions and found the target with a neat left inside the first 30 seconds, followed by a clean combination. McCarthy more or less sealed the win after taking the second round 10-9 on all cards.

Five Irish are between the ropes tomorrow. Caitlin Fryers and Mary Geraghty compete in the last 16. Dean Clancy, Aibhe Carrabine and Edward Barrett are one win each away from at least bronze in the last-eight.

Pictures: Jude Gallagher, Dean Clancy and Brandon McCarthy with Irish staff after today’s wins.

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.

European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy April 17/26

April 20th

Last 16

49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Ali Dagly (Ukraine) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Murat Ugurlu (Turkey) 5-0
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Joe Tyres (England) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) lost to Ilya Popov (Russia) 1-4
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) lost to Konstantin Barbosu (Hungary) 1-4

April 19th

Last 16

48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) beat Jvanisova Olena (Ukraine) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Weronikia Pawlak (Poland) 5-0
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) beat Ahmad Abdun Abu (Israel) 4-0

Last 32
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland beat Maksim Pankou (Belarus) 5-0
60kg Alex Higgins (Ireland) lost to Bojan Timotijevic (Serbia) 1-4

April 18th
Last 32

56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Alexander Tanko (Slovakia) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Kilp Frank (Germany) 5-0
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Michal Jarlinski (Poland) 5-0
75kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Gabrijel Veocic (Croatia) 2-3

April 21st

Last 16

51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Liubov Sharpova (Russia)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) v Aycan Guldagi (Turkey)


52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Patrick Cappi (Italy)
81kg Aibhe Carrabine (Ireland) v Sagit Emanur (Turkey)
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) v Karol Itauma (England)

April 22nd


48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) v Marta Lope (Spain)
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Seyran Yeghikyan (Armenia)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Muhamet Qamili (Albania)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Nikolina Cacic (Croatia)
65kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Anita Zilic (Croatia)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Sena Erdogen (Turkey)

Irish squad

49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgans)
64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
69kg Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.)
75kg Kane Tucker (Holy Family GG) Cpt
81kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)

48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott)
60kg Aoibha Ginty (Geesala)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigids Edenderry) Cpt
81kg Aoibhe Crabine (Geesala)

IABA President Dom O’Rourke
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell and Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan,Anita Just
R&J John Casey