Teenager (19) Brendan Irvine bows out of World Championships
Nineteen year old Brendan Irvine has bowed out of the World championship at Doha
The Belfast teenager who was bidding to become the Irishman to win a World championship medal in the 49kg weight category had previous beaten his Cuban opponent Joahnys Argilagos in 2014. But the 18 year prevailed when it mattered most.
Irvine, who may how move to the fly weight category in a bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics lacked nothing in effort and if anything as busier than his opponent. However, the judges preferred the Cuban's more accurate punching.
The Irish champion did his best work at the start of each round but the Cuban forced him into errors in the final stages of each of the rounds. The scoring reflected this as the Cuban led 10-9 at the end of the first round and 20-18 after six minutes which left him needing a knock out to progress.
He did win the final round on one of the judges' card but the Cuban prevailed comfortably on a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 score.
“It was a tough fight from the first bell,' said Irvine. 'I knew it was going to be all action because he was a Cuban. I was happy in a way that I gave everything. It wasn't as sharp as I normally am but I'm not going to make up excuses.''
He declined to say whether he intends to move into the flyweight category but the move makes sense as Paddy Barnes has already qualified for Rio in the 49kg category. But despite this loss he has make spectacular progress in his first season at this level.
He won his first elite title in 2015 and followed it up with a silver medal at the European Games before reaching the quarter finals in Doha.