Thursday 18 January 2018

Boxing: Irish quintet miss out on medals

Ireland's interest in the European Junior Championships ended yesterday after all five of the team lost their quarter-final bouts in the Ukraine city of Lvov.

The five were vying to reach the semi-finals, which would have guaranteed them at least a bronze medal.

However, reversals for Dean Walsh, Declan Carlin, Dylan Carr, Robert McGreevey and George Boylan brought the curtain down on Ireland's involvement in the 30-nation tournament.

Wexford ace Walsh, a nephew of Irish head coach Billy Walsh, was desperately unlucky to lose out to Henrik Mokoyan of Armenia by a one-point margin.

Despite the defeats, Irish coach Jim Moore said overall that he was happy with the performances in eastern Europe.

"They did their best in what is a very competitive tournament against some of the best underage boxers in the world," he said.

"I'm not making excuses for them -- some of our lads won two fights to get to this stage and I'm delighted for them.

"This was also their first year boxing internationally and the experience will stand to them in years to come."

Irish Independent

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