Monday 19 March 2018

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'.

Enniscorthy Guardian