Sunday 17 December 2017

Boxing: Fitzpatrick and Forde stay in Euro glory hunt

Bernard O'Neill

Joe Fitzpatrick and Kieran Forde both claimed victories at last night's session at the European Youth Championships.

However, Thomas Conroy bowed out of the tournament after being stopped in round one by giant German super-heavyweight Florian Shulz.

Fitzpatrick exacted sweet revenge for a defeat to Vladyslav Vyetshkin of the Ukraine at last June's Brandenburg Cup in Germany with a 14-13 win in the flyweight category.

Galway light-welterweight Forde followed that up with a 14-8 verdict over Mitchell Buckland of Wales, who received a warning for dropping his head in the second.

Earlier, Ireland had won four straight bouts. Evan Metcalfe and Jack Morrissey maintained Ireland's winning start to the Championships with victories in the afternoon session.

Both boxers are now through to tomorrow's quarter-finals and are just one win away for claiming at least bronze.

Dublin-born Metcalfe came from behind to beat Azerbaijani light-flyweight Kamran Malikov 12-11, and Wexford heavyweight Morrissey forced Alex Toth into a standing count in the second en route to a 16-10 win.

Malikov -- who was on the floor 13 times from slips, falls and dives -- went to ground once too often in the third and ceded two points by way of a warning.

"He just kept falling in on me. I was trying to put up with the ref as well because he wasn't giving him many warnings," said Metcalfe.

"I'm just looking forward to a quarter-final now and trying to get into the medals," added the Dubliner, who will meet Koryun Soghomonyan from Armenia in the last eight tomorrow.

"It was hard but obviously I enjoyed it. He could take a good shot. I admit I was tiring in the last round but I knew I had enough left," said Sacre Coeur BC ace Morrissey of his bout.

Six Irish boxers will be in action today.

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Irish Independent

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