Boxing: Lane hails fighting spirit
Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00
IRELAND will have five boxers in with a shout of claiming at least bronze medals at the European Junior Championships in the Ukraine today.
Dylan Carr and Robert McGreevey joined Dean Walsh, Declan Carlin and George Boylan in the quarter-finals following last-16 victories in the city of Lvov yesterday.
Carr, from the Ryston club in Newbridge, Co Kildare, beat Israeli lightweight Evgeny Blyznuk 6-4, while Sacred Heart prospect McGreevey accounted for Azerbaijani light-welterweight Sagi Salehli on a count-back following a 1-1 tie.
Ireland have an eight-man squad at the 30-nation tournament and team manager Dan Lane said they were delighted with their performances.
"The squad's confidence is growing all week and they are boxing very well. We have five in with a chance of getting among the medals now, so fingers crossed," said Lane.
Boylan will face a tough task today as he clashes with Russian middleweight Idris Shakhmanov, who has been impressing at this tournament.
Walsh, a nephew of Irish head coach Billy Walsh, meets Armenian strawweight Henrik Mokoyan, while Carlin clashes with Georgian bantamweight Gregory Shalamberedze for a place in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Joe Nevin was unable to add to the Irish team's success yesterday as he lost his last-16 duel. The Kilcullen fighter was edged out 2-0 by Nabi Bagirov of Azerbaijan.