Irish boxers win medals in Azerbaijan

Ireland’s ‘stars of the future’ have been taking part this week in the President Heydar Aliyev Cup in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku and two of the team , John Stokes and David Kennedy won their quarter final bouts this are guaranteed at least bronze for their efforts. Dungarvan’s Stephen Reddy is also still in with a chance of a medal,and faces a quarter final bout today. Their wins came on a day when leading Irish hope, Moate’s, Davey Joyce suffered a controversial defeat in his quarter-final clash with Shalva Gvaldaze of Georgia.

This report from Irish team manager, Andy Kerins in Baku, via

The Irish campaign got underway on Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock local time ( 3.00 pm Irish time ) when Keith Flavin ( Paulstown ) stepped into the ring to face Scotland’s Jack Brunton in the last 16 of the 46Kg class. Flavin controlled the contest to run out a convincing 5 nil winner. Next into the ring for Ireland was Hughie Joyce ( St. Michael’s Athy ) in the 48Kg class. Joyce faced Giorgi Gabodze from Georgia also in the last 16. Another accomplished display saw the Irish boxer record a 5 pts to 2 pts victory.

Later on in the evening Daniel McInerney ( Brosna ) faced Telman Gafarly ( Azerbaijan ) in the last 16 of the 60 Kg class, and after a heroic struggle the Irish boxer was beaten 5 pts to 2 pts. Kevin Moore ( Clonard ) entered the ring next in the last 16 of the 63 Kg class and he faced Badir Badirov of Azerbaijan. After falling behind early the Irishman soon got to get to grips with proceedings and recorded a commanding 6 pts to 3 pts win.

Day Two began with Hughie Nevin ( Cavan ) competing in the last 8 of the 52Kg class against Jehyun Ibrahimli of Azerbaijan. Some unusual scoring gave the hometown boxer a 3 pts to 1pt win. John Stokes ( Mulhuddart ) secured Ireland’s first medal of the competition when he saw off Nurettin Onat of Turkey 2 pts to nil, guaranteeing Ireland at least a Bronze. Stephen Reddy ( Dungarvan ) secured his passage into the last 8 of the 57 Kg class with a 1 pt to nil victory over fancied local favourite Valeh Ramazanov of Azerbaijan.

An unfortunate nose injury in round two put an end to Kevin Moore’s participation in his last 8 contest with Hasan Ozan of Turkey in the 63 Kg class with the score 4 pts to 2 pts at the time of the Doctor’s intervention, just as the Irish boxer was closing the lead.

David Kennedy ( Gorey ) secured Ireland’s second medal when he ran out a well deserved 4 pts to nil victor over Mekhribon Sanginov of Tajikistan in his last 8 clash in the 70 Kg class.

Wednesday’s session was completed for the Irish Team when Davey Joyce ( Moate ) boxed Shalva Gvaladze of Georgia in the last 8 of the 80 Kg class. A rather dubious Referee’s warning in the second round cost the Irish boxer a well deserved medal, and a place in the semi-finals, when the final score was announced as 3 pts to 2 pts to the Georgian. “

Andy Kerins

President Heydar Aliyev Cup Baku, Azerbaijan May 8th/15th

Last 16 May 10th

46Kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) beat Jack Brunton (Scotland) 5-0

58Kg: Hughie Joyce (Ireland) beat Giorgi Gabodze (Georgia) 5-2

60Kg: Daniel McInerney (Ireland) lost to Telman Gafarly (Azerbaijan) 2-5

63Kg: Kevin Moore (Ireland) beat Badir Badirov (Azerbaijan) 6-3

Q/Finals May 11th

52Kg: Hughie Nevin (Ireland) lost to Jehyun Ibrahimli (Azerbaijan) 1-3

54Kg: John Stokes (Ireland) beat Nuretin Onat (Turkey) 2-0

70Kg: David Kennedy (Ireland) beat Veleh Mekhribon (Tajikstan) 4-0

80Kg: Davey Joyce (Ireland) lost to Shalva Gvaladze (Georgia) 1-3

63Kg: Kevin Moore (Ireland) lost to Hasan Ozan (Turkey ) RSCI2

Last 16

57Kg; Stephen Reddy (Ireland) beat Valeh Ramazanov (Azerbaijan) 1-0

Irish Junior Squad President Heydar Aliyev Cup Baku, Azerbaijan May 8th/15th

46Kg: Keith Flavn (Paulstown)

48Kg: Hughie Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)

50Kg: Dylan Tong (Mulhuddart)

52Kg: Hughie Nevin (Cavan)

54Kg: John Stokes (Mulhuddart)

57Kg: Steven Reddy (Dungarvan)

60Kg: Dan McInerney (Brosna)

63Kg: Kevin Moore (Clonard)

70Kg: Daniel Kennedy (Gorey)

80Kg: Davey Joyce (Moate)

Team Manager: Andy Kerins

Coaches: William McClean & Ger McDaid


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