Medallists Walsh and Clancy hailed as heroes in Bulgaria
Irish boxing chief Stephen Connolly hailed Callum Walsh and Dean Clancy as heroes after yesterday's European Junior finals in Albena, Bulgaria.
Cork southpaw Walsh claimed gold after silencing the home fans by hammering out a unanimous decision over Bulgaria's Stilyan Hristov in a fiery lightweight final.
The Leesider, who boxes out of the Riverstown BC, won four fights inside a week in Albena. Sligo flyweight Clancy had to settle for silver after losing on a 4-1 split to Russia's Boris Kariban.
The Russian southpaw went down under a sweet left hook from Clancy in the third, but the ref ruled it a slip, although the punch clearly helped Kariban on his way to the floor.
Clancy won four of his five fights in seven days in Bulgaria. Ireland, courtesy of Walsh and Clancy, had the highest western European representation in Monday's finals.
"Both Callum and Dean were magnificent. They performed brilliantly against talented opponents. They're both heroes, as are the entire Irish squad here in Bulgaria," said IABA registrar Connolly from ringside in Albena.
Billy McClean and Dimtri Dimitruc were working Ireland's corner in Bulgaria. The Irish squad are due to arrive home at 9.50am this morning via Dublin Airport.