Ireland’s amateur boxers have been taking part in a series of ‘friendly’ internationals against Poland (in Warsaw, at the weekend) and Germany in Cottbus last night with further internationals this week against Germany (again) and Great Britain – that is followed by an International in London against England on 25th May at the Selhurst Park Stadium, home of Crystal Palace Football Club.
On Saturday in Warsaw, Ireland narrowly lost 5-4 to Poland.
Chris Phelan and Declan Geraghty put the Irish side 2-0 ahead with excellent performances in overcoming Rafal Kaczor and Lukafsz Maszczyk in the flyweight category.
Three losses followed – defeats for George Bates, Eric Donovan and Anthony Upton saw the host nation take a 3-2 lead with four bouts to go.
John Joe Joyce,from the St Michael’s Athy club , levelled it at 3-3 with an emphatic and highly deserved , 12-2 win against Kamil Gardzielik.
Chris Blaney and Luke Keeler lost out in their middleweight duels with Kamil Szeremetc and Tomaz Jadlonski.
Ireland finished strongly with Davey Joe Joyce, World Youth bronze medallist, scoring a 10-2 win over his Polish opponest, Dawid Deik.
Team Manager, Michael Carruth said:
“All the squad boxed well and it was a great team performance effort all round and we couldn’t have asked any more of them,” added Carruth.
Ireland versus Poland, Warsaw May 7th
52Kg: Chris Phelan (Ryston) beat Rafal Kaczor (Poland) 9-4
52Kg: Declan Geraghty (Corinthians) beat Lukafsz Maszczyk (Poland) 5-4
56Kg: George Bates (St Mary’s) lost to Makeufz Mazik (Poland) 4-11
60Kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy) lost to Michal Chudecki (Poland) 5-11
64Kg: Anthony Upton (Holy Family GG) lost to Michal Syrowatka (Poland) 3-12
69Kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Kamil Gardzielik (Poland) 12-2
75Kg; Chris Blaney (Navan) lost to Kamil Szeremetc (Poland) 0-6
75Kg: Luke Keeler (Crumlin) lost to Tomaz Jadlonski (Poland) 4-7
81Kg: David Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Dawid Deik (Poland) 10-2
The Irish Elite squad is at a training camp in Germany this week together with Germany and Great Britain.
Michael Conlon, Willie McLaughlin, Darren O’Neill and Con Sheehan recorded victories for the Irish side in Cottbus but the Germans emerged victorious on the night 5-4.
Conlon got Ireland off to a winning start with a 5-0 decision over Tom Tran in the flyweight class.
But three straight wins for Germany over Tyrone McCullagh, Michael McDonagh – who lost out to Olympic Youth Champion Artur Bril – and Ray Moylette put the home team into a 3-1 lead.
McLaughlin and O’Neill chalked up impressive decisions over Alexander Miller and Denis Radovan to level the tie at 3-3, but Egan, despite producing a fine third round, lost out 15-12 to Tyron Zeuge.
Sheehan made it 4-4 after shading Alexander Povernov by a one point margin, but McMonagle was beaten by Eric Pfeifer in the super-heavyweight class in the final bout of the night.
Ireland are taking part in a training camp and Round Robin with two German squads and Great Britain in Frankfurt Oder and Cottbus.A further meeting with Germany takes place on Friday and the bouts v Team GB are on Sunday.
Katie Taylor joins the Irish team today (Thursday) in preparation for the defence of her European Union title in Katowice later this month but will NOT take part in any of this week’s internationals. Paddy Barnes is also with the Irish squad in Germany but neither the hosts nor Team GB have any light-flyweights in their team so he too will be concentrating on training for forthcoming international competitions.
Germany v Ireland Cottbus, Germany May 11th
52Kg: Michael Conlon (Ireland) beat Tom Tran (Germany) 5-0
56Kg: Tyrone McCullagh (Ireland) lost to Denis Makarov (Germany) 8-10
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Arthur Bril (Germany) 5-13
64Kg: Ray Moylette (Ireland) lost to Thomas Vahrenholt (Germany) 9-10
69Kg: Willie McLoughlin (Ireland) beat Alexander Miller (Germany) 14-6
75kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Denis Radovan (Germany) 18-5
81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) lost to Tyron Zeuge (Germany) 12-15
91Kg:Con Sheehan (Ireland) beat Alexander Povernov (Germany) 14-13
91+Kg: Cathal McMonagle (Ireland) lost to Eric Pfeifer (Germany) 8-14