Cleary and Joyce add to impressive medal haul
GALWAY'S Frankie Cleary and Kildare's John Joyce guaranteed Ireland at least two bronze medals at the 26-nation European Junior Championships in Anapa, Russia.
The Olympic BC and St Michael's Athy BC fly and light-welter scored unanimous last-eight decisions over Georgia's Gagig Pozoyan and Armenia's Yurik Darabyan by the banks of the Black Sea.
The wins ensure that Irish boxing has so far claimed 41 medals – 12 gold, 13 silver and 16 bronze – in Men's and Women's World and European Elite, Youth, Junior and Schoolboy competition since June 8 this year.
Cleary will meet Azerbaijan's Umid Rustamov in tomorrow's semi-finals, while 2011 European Schoolboy champion Joyce boxes Hungary's Mark Kontrecz.
Liam Callaghan was also in action yesterday, but the Cardonagh BC pin weight lost out on a unanimous decision to Georgia's Giorgia Chargazia.
Cork's Oliver McCarthy, Dublin's Martin Stokes and Antrim's Ger French will be between the ropes this morning and early afternoon (Irish time) looking to join Cleary and Joyce in the last four.
"Frankie got caught with a few shots in the first round today, but his corner put him right at the interval and he responded magnificently," said Irish team manager Stephen Connolly.
"We have another three in action on Thursday and fingers crossed we can get them over the line and among the medals here."