Sunday 25 September 2016

Myles Casey and Darren O'Neill get Irish fighters off to a winning a start in Baku

Published 16/06/2015 | 12:35

16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, and Ionut Jitaru, Romania, following their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, makes his way to the ring beofre his Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout with Ionut Jitaru, Romania. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, is announced victorious over Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Darren O'Neill, Ireland, right, exchanges punches with Ionut Jitaru, Romania, during their Men's Boxing Heavy 91kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Muhammad Ali, Great Britain, right, exchanges punches with Alexandr Riscan, Moldova, during their Men's Boxing Fly 52kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Muhammad Ali, Great Britain, right, exchanges punches with Alexandr Riscan, Moldova, during their Men's Boxing Fly 52kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 June 2015; Muhammad Ali, Great Britain, left, exchanges punches with Alexandr Riscan, Moldova, during their Men's Boxing Fly 52kg Round of 32 bout. 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Limerick's Myles Casey became the first fighter to win a bout at the inaugural European Games.

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Casey defeated Ivan Fihurenka 29-28 this morning in their last 16 bout. The Limerick fighter won two out of the three rounds on all three boxers scorecards.

Team captain Darren O'Neill followed suit in the heavyweight division with a unanimous points victory over Romanian Ionut Jitaru.

The Kilkenny fighter was dominant throughout to record a comprehensive victory.

O'Neill has moved up to the heavyweight division in recent times and has been getting used to fighting boxers much bigger than him at 91kg.

O’Neill will now face Latvia’s Raitis Sinkevics in the Last 16 on Sunday.

Kurt Walker (2.30pm), Micheal O'Reilly (4.15[m) and Sean McCombe (8.30pm) are the other Irish fighters in action today.

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