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Four Irish boxers set for medal fights at European Championships in Armenia

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Ireland's Gabriel Dossen is declared the winner against Rami Mofid Kiwan of Bulgaria in their lightweight 47 bout during the EUBC Elite Men's European Boxing Championships preliminary rounds in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo: Hrach Khachatryan/Sportsfile

Ireland's Gabriel Dossen is declared the winner against Rami Mofid Kiwan of Bulgaria in their lightweight 47 bout during the EUBC Elite Men's European Boxing Championships preliminary rounds in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo: Hrach Khachatryan/Sportsfile

Ireland's Gabriel Dossen is declared the winner against Rami Mofid Kiwan of Bulgaria in their lightweight 47 bout during the EUBC Elite Men's European Boxing Championships preliminary rounds in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo: Hrach Khachatryan/Sportsfile

Three Irish boxers are within sight of the podium at the European championships in Armenia after impressive wins today.

Gabriel Doosen (Olympic, Galway) won his second bout in the middleweight division in Yerevan to reach the quarter-finals. He outclassed the number four seed, Mofid Rami Kiwan from Bulgaria to go through on a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Doosen will now box for a bronze medal on Friday afternoon. He found his range early in the first round and never allowed the home fighter time to settle.

After two rounds he was virtually assured of a place in the last eight, but he kept up the pressure in the final stanza to underline his dominance.

Meanwhile, flyweight Sean Mari (Monkstown, Dublin) advanced to the quarter-finals with 4-1 majority decision over number three seed Omer Ametovic from Serbia.

He will also box for a medal in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Lightweight JP Hale (Star, ABC, Belfast) will also be in quarter-final action on Friday after securing a split 3-2 win over the number three seed Arslan Khataev (Finland).

Ricky Nesbitt (Holy Family, Drogheda) who received a bye to the last eight in the 48kg minimum weight class faces Bulgarian Ergyunal Sebahtin in Friday’s quarter-final where a win will guarantee him a bronze medal.

But it was a disappointing day for team captain Adam Hession (Monivea BC, Galway) who lost on a split decision to Vasile Usturoi (Belgium) in a featherweight bout.

Unfortunately, Hession picked up a bad gash on his forehead in the first round and he had be checked by the ringside doctor on a couple of occasions in round 2. Though he was able to continue his opponent did enough to secure the win.

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