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Moylett caps golden year for Irish with world title

Mayo teenager Ray Moylett added to what has been an incredible year for Irish boxing after claiming gold at the World Youth Championships in Mexico on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old, from the St Anne's club in Westport, finished on top of the lightweight podium following a 3-1 four-round win over 2006 World Cadet champ Daniyar Yelleussinov of Kazakhstan.

The win arrives just two months after Irish boxers claimed Ireland's only medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In reaching the 60Kg final, Moylett beat Welsh 2007 European Cadet champion Fred Evans and hammered current Cuban Youth champion Juan Garcia 10-2.

But while Moylett was celebrating, talented Crumlin light welterweight Jamie Kavanagh had to settle for silver after loosing out to Cuban, Frank Izla 7-2 in the 64Kg final.

Thanks to the performances of Moylett, Kavanagh, Thomas McCarthy, of the Oliver Plunkett club in Belfast, and St Michael's Athy ace David Joe Joyce, Ireland claimed one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Mexico.

The medal haul sees Ireland finish in fourth spot in a table of 68 nations behind Russia, hosts Mexico and table-toppers Cuba and one place ahead of the USA, a finish that President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, Dominic O'Rourke described as fantastic.

Elsewhere, Ulster senior welterweight champion Shane McGuigan is just one fight away from emulating his father Barry after marching to the National U-21 Championships finals with a thrilling win over Christy Boyle at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night.

The Clones fighter, with dad Barry in his corner, recorded a 30-21 win over his Donegal opponent, to march into the 71Kg decider -- 30 years after his dad won an Irish U-21 title at the same venue.

McGuigan senior, however, was dismissed from his son's corner for coaching during the fourth and final round on Saturday and apologised to referee Edward Cummins afterwards.

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