Four Irish boxers have reached the final of the European Youth Championship in Sofia.
In what was a historic day for underage boxing in Ireland, eight of the team advanced to the semi-finals.
The rich array of talented fighters coming through the ranks was demonstrated by the semi-final victories of Laura Moran (St Annes) 70kg, Dearbhla Tinnelly (Clann Naofa) 80kg and Cliona D’Arcy (Tobar Pheadair) 81kg+.
Worst-case scenario, everyone is guaranteed silver medals.
Ireland’s co-captain Bobbi Flood (Cabra) is also sure of a silver medal after receiving a walk-over from his opponent in the light middleweight semifinals, but he will aim to move up to gold in the final.
The four other boxers in the semifinals were beaten but will bring home bronze medals.
Patsy Joyce (Olympic) lost his first bout in the 48kg semi-final while Georgia Dunn McGovern (Setanta) at 48kg, Winnie McDonagh (Neilstown) at 63kg and Katie O’Keeffe (Kanturk) at 50kg in the penultimate bouts were also beaten.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/four-irish-boxers-make-it-through-to-european-youth-finals-41572263.html Four Irish boxers make it to the European youth finals