Boxing: Gold for Jason Quigley in Czech Grand Prix – Silver for Sean McComb

A Gold, a silver and two bronze medals – Ireland’s haul from this week’s Czech Grand prix.


Donegal’s European U/23 champion Jason Quigley, who boxes out of the Finn Valley Club,  claimed middleweight gold at the 44th edition of the Usti nad Labem Grand Prix  on Saturday.


Sean McComb had to settle for silver after losing out to Beijing 2008 Olympian Miklos Varga of Hungary. Varga reached the last 32 of the Olympics when he went out to Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) 20-12


Current Irish Elite champion Quigley, was 9-4 ahead going into the third round before posting a 14-6 decision over Serbia’s Alexsandr Drenovak, who reached the last-16 at the London 2012 Olympics.


McComb. of the Holy Trinity BC in Belfast, was 3-2 ahead after the first versus Varga, but the Hungarian was 7-5 in front at the end of the second en route to a 15-10 verdict.


“Jason boxed incredibly well and he had a fantastic win, said Irish team manager Paul McMahon,


“Sean had a good first round, but his opponent came back into it in the second. I thought that Sean had a good third round also. He was unlucky in the end.”


Scores at end of rounds.


Quigley: 4-2,9-4 (14-6)


McComb: 3-2,5-7 (10-15)


Quigley (gold), McComb (silver), Ross Hickey (bronze) and Tommy McCarthy (bronze) finished in podium positions in the Czech Republic.


Hickey had to pull out of his semi-final because of a hand injury.


Billy Walsh and Zuar Antia were working Ireland’s corner in the Czech Republic.


The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 5.30pm Sunday




Usti nad Labem Grand Prix Czech Republic


March 13th (Last 16)



52kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Norbert Kalucza  (Hungary) 21-6


56kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) lost to Nyambayar Tugstsogt (Mongolia) 8-14


60kg: Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Liu Xiaohu (China)  14-9


64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland)  beat  Zan Korec  (Czech Republic) 36-8




75kg: Jason Quigley  (Ireland) beat  Vit Kral (Czech Republic) 20-6


91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland)  beat Eugenijus Tutkus (Lithuania) 10-10 c/b 54-42


March 14th (Q/Finals)


52kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) lost to Iiyas Sulimenov (Kazakhstan) RSCI3 (injured nose)


60kg: Sean McComb (Ireland) beat  Gytis Vaitkus (Lithuania) 10-5


64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) beat Khamsad Musaev (Austria) 15-8


81kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan)  5-8


March 15th (S/Finals)


60kg: Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Amet Eminovic (Germany) 13-7


75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Zhou Yunfei (China) 14-7


91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Sandro Dirnfeld (Slovakia) 2-7


March 16th




60kg: Sean McComb (Ireland) lost to Miklos Varga (Hungary) 10-15


75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Alexsandr Drenovak (Serbia) 14-6





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