Friday 23 February 2018

John Joyce joins Frankie Cleary in winning at least bronze at European Junior Championships

John Joyce joined Frankie Cleary in winning at least bronze at the the European Junior Championships.

The St Michael’s Athy light-welter scored a unanimous (30-27,29-28,30-27) decsion over Armenia’s Yurik Darabyan to advance to the last-four in Anapa, Russia today.

Joyce, a gold medal winner at the 2011 European Schoolboy Championships, set the tone for today’s victory with a solid first round performance.

Moving smoothly from body to head, his two and three-punch combinations caught the eyes of the judges on an afternoon when his opponent’s one-shot replies were never going to be enough deny the elusive Irish teenager his place in the last-four.

Hungarian southpaw Mark Kontrecz, who beat Georgia’s Giorgi Balisahvili this afternoon, awaits in Friday’s semi-finals.

Earlier today, Galway’s Frankie Cleary guaranteed Ireland at least a one bronze medal following  an impressive quarter-final win over Georgia’s Gagig Pozoyan.

But Liam Callaghan bowed out at the last-eight stage to Pozoyan’s compatriot Giorgia Chargazia in the 46kg class.

Cleary, who boxes out of the Olympic BC, produced big second and third rounds to blast his way into the  semi-finals at the Sports Complex in Anapa.

The Azeri, Russia and Turkish judges unanimously scored it 29-28,30-27,30-27 to the Irish light-fly.

He’ll now meet Azerbaijan’s Umid Rustamov for a place in Saturday’s 50kg final on Friday.

Callaghan, Cardonagh BC, was involved in a tight battle with Chargazia, the Georgian earning a 29-28 unanimous decision across the board from the Belarusian, Ukrainian and Turkish judges.

John Joyce will be in action at approximately 2.30pm today.

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