Friday 17 November 2017

Molloy spearheads three-pronged Irish gold medal assault

Boxing Bernard O'Neill

IRELAND will be taking home at least three bronze medals from the 57-nation AIBA World Junior Boxing Championships in Ukraine.

Willie Donoghue, Kieran Molloy and Sean Conroy all claimed unanimous decisions in the quarter-finals in Kiev.

But Irish captain John Joyce bowed out at the last-eight stage after dropping a controversial split decision to Korea's Byeonghee Jang.

Molloy, who boxes out of Oughterard BC, outclassed Aussie lightweight Joshua McKay to book his ticket into the last four. "This is the best day of my life. I am so proud to fight for Ireland, but I came for gold, so I'm not finished yet," he said.

Ballyhaunis middleweight Conroy had way too much firepower for Uzbekistani puncher Bakhronjon Fozilov and is thrilled to reach the last four.

"I trained all my life for this," he said. "My family have helped so much and there's been a special someone in my life who I dedicate this too."

Donoghue (St Michael's Athy), produced a powerful performance to silence the home fans and post a career-best win over Ukrainian light-fly Georgii Ivanov.

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