Friday 21 October 2016

Ireland's Brendan Irvine wins silver in the European Games

Published 25/06/2015 | 14:32

Brendan Irvine
Brendan Irvine

Ireland's Brendan Irvine had to settle for silver in the European Games as he went down in the final to Bator Sagaluev of the Ukraine.

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Sagaluev showed his intentions early on as he attacked aggressively and while Irvine defended with his long left arm, Sagaluev landed a couple of jabs to give him the incentive early on.

The Ukraine man was full of energy but Irvine stayed calm and landed a couple of jabs of his own as the first round came to a close but it was Sagaluev who took the first 10-9, 10-9, 10-9.

The second round started at a ferocious pace with both boxers going hard at it. Sagaluev ended up on the canvas during one exchange but it was more down to a slip but Irvine kept attacking to cause Sagaluev problems of his own.

The Irishman grew in confidence but Sagaluev was still full of energy and took a close second round 10-9, 10-9, 9-10.

Irvine took the third round 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 but the Irishman had to settle for silver as Sagaluev won on a split decision.

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