Bronze for Dean on Senior Irish debut
WEXFORD BOXING'S man of the moment, Dean Walsh, took another major step forward in his promising career last week when he collected a bronze medal at his first Senior international event in Warsaw.
Competing for Ireland in the 64 kg. category in an Elite Multi-Nations event hosted by Poland, the St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's fighter guaranteed himself a medal on Thursday when he beat Ukranian opponent Bohdan Vikazin 3-0.
The 22-nation tournament was a very tough, competitive affair as Dean's uncle and head coach, Billy Walsh, confirmed.
And while the talented youngster lost to a Russian rival on Friday to end his interest in the event, it was still a major achievement to pick up a medal on his debut as a Senior international.
His conqueror was a European Under-18 champion two years ago and therefore boasted a fine pedigree.
Commenting on Facebook, Dean said:
'Lost out to the Russian today, wasn't the performance I wanted but wasn't to (sic) far off a win, I have a bronze medal in the bag....I broke the barrier now and I have a senior international medal for Ireland...if the grandad was here I'd probably here (sic) him from Wolfe tone singing'.