Wednesday 18 September 2019

Buckley vows to learn from mistakes after Elites defeat

Laois middleweight Michael Nevin, Dublin heavyweight Kiril Afanasev and Antrim feather Kurt Walker will box tomorrow and Sunday (stock photo)
Laois middleweight Michael Nevin, Dublin heavyweight Kiril Afanasev and Antrim feather Kurt Walker will box tomorrow and Sunday (stock photo)

Regan Buckley has vowed to learn from his flaws after bowing out of the 77-nation World Elites in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The Bray flyweight, who returned to the amateurs after winning two fights in the pro code, and Portlaoise BC light-welter Wayne Kelly dropped 3-2 split decisions to Indonesia's Aldoms Suquor and Matthew Alexander of Trinidad & Tobago yesterday.

Suquor, a quarter-finalist at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, won the first round with Buckley shading the second and edging the third on the unofficial cards.

"It's always hard to take a loss especially when it's a close fight that could have went either way," he said. "I felt confident before the result but I respect the judges' decision and I will move on and up from here. I'll take a lot from it, both good parts and flaws, to make sure I improve."

Antrim's Aidan Walsh is the only Irish boxer in action today versus Israeli welter Miroslav Kapuler.

Laois middleweight Michael Nevin, Dublin heavyweight Kiril Afanasev and Antrim feather Kurt Walker will box tomorrow and Sunday.

Irish Independent

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