Junior Boxers Punch their way to medals

Martin Conroy, Luke Thomas and John Nevin are guaranteed at least a bronze medal each at the 34-nation European Junior Championships in Keszthely, Hungary, following a hat-trick of quarter-final wins over the last 24 hours.

Nevin progressed to the last-four following a countback win over Christian Doychev of Bulgaria on Wednesday and he was joined in the semi-finals by Cork light-welterweight Thomas and Mayo middleweight Conroy on Thursday.

Thomas beat Aliaksandr Vashchyla of Belarus 15-8 and Conroy recorded an 8-5 decision over Veselen Todorov of Bulgaria. Shane McIntyre, Aaron Kelly and Patrick Gaffey bowed out at the quarter-final stage this afternoon despite fine performances in Keszthely.

Nevin and Thomas will now meet English opponents, Pat McCormack and Isaac McLeod, in Friday’s semi-finals. Conroy will face Vasily Tsitsilashvili of Georgia in the last four on Friday. The bouts begin at 1pm (Irish time) on Friday. The finals will be held on Saturday.

The European Junior Championships medals arrive less than a week after Joe Ward and Ray Moylette claimed double gold at the European Senior Championships in Turkey.

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