Boxing: Michael Conlan Strikes Gold in Warsaw

Belfast bantamweight Michael Conlan claimed gold at the Feliks Stamm Memorial in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday.


Tipperary super-heavy Dean Gardiner had to settle for silver after losing out to Cam Awesome of the USA on a unanimous decision in the 91kg + plus final.


Conlan, a bronze medallist at the London Olympics, beat Poland’s Sylwester Kozlowski on a unanimous decision to finish on top of the 56kg podium.


Gardiner received a public warning for holding in the second round of his three-rounder against Awesome, who was later presented with the Best Boxer Award for his efforts throughout the tournament.


Overall, Ireland will be taking home  one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, courtesy of top-four finishes for Dean Walsh and David Oliver Joyce.


“We’re happy enough with the performances. Michael had three tough fights to win the gold. He beat a Kazakh and a Russian and a Polish lad on his home patch,” said Irish head coach Billy Walsh.


Meanwhile, former Irish Elite champion Hugh Myers progressed to Sunday’s Gee Bee Multi Nations final after earning a unanimous decision over Finnish light-fly Muhammed Ibrahim  in Helsinki, Finland also on Saturday.


He’ll meet Wales’ Ashley Williams in Sunday’s 49kg decider.


Kurt Walker lost out on a unanimous decision in the bantamweight semi-final to Kazakhstan’s Kanat Eralijev in Helsinki.


Also in Helsinki, in the women’s events , to which the IABA again failed to send a representative, in the semi-finals of the  60kg lightweight division England’s Natasha Jonas scored a 2:0 decision over the host nation’s Mira Potkonen  and now meets  Welsh star Charlene Jones who defeated another Finn, Cecilia Nilsson also 2:0.


An even more spectacular Welsh victory came at 51kg  when Ashley Brace  defeated leading Russian Olesia Gladkova 3-0 and in Sunday’s final comes head to head with England’s Lisa Whiteside a unanimous 3:0 winner against another Finn, Sallamaari Hannonen .


A real  shame that the IABA did not even send one female boxer to gain more international experience in  Finland and raises serious questions about the Management of the Irish women boxers.




Feliks Stamm Memorial Warsaw, Poland


April 11th (S/Finals)

56kg Michal Conlan (Ireland) beat Nikita Fedorchenko (Russia) 3-0

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Anavar Yunusov (Taijikstan) 1-2

64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) lost to Vitaliy Dunaytsev (Russia) 0-3

91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Roger Chryniuk (Poland) 3-0


April 12th Finals

56kg Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Sylwester Kozlowski (Poland) 3-0

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Cam Awesome (USA) 0-3



Gee Bee Multi Nations Helsinki Finland


April 11th Q/Finals


56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Ali Srour (Norway) 3-0

60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) lost to Vjatseslav Shipunov   (Russia) 0-3

64kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) lost to Abdelmaik Laduay (France) 1-2


April 12th S/Finals

49kg Hugh Myers (Ireland) beat  Muhammed Ibrahim (Finland) 3-0

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Kairat Eralijev (Kazakhstan) 0-3


April 13th Final

49kg Hugh Myers (Ireland) v Ashley Williams (Wales)


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