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Irish Boxing in Serbia

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BY BERNARD O’NEILL

Stephen Broadhurst chalked up the biggest win of the day as Ireland’s young boxers suffered mixed quarter-final fortunes at the  Vojvodina Golden Gloves Youth Multi-Nations in Novi Sad, Serbia this evening.

Broadhurst, from the Dealgan BC, beat Mikail Vidalis of France 6-1, while Mike McDonagh and Chris Blaney also booked their tickets into the last four.

However, Steven Tracy, Declan Milligan, Kieron Forde and  Khiril Afanasev bowed out at the last eight stage.

Milligan was edged out on a razor thin count-back and Afanasev lost out by a one point margin.

Broadhurst, McDonagh and Blaney now join Chris Phelan, who received a bye, in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Speaking after today’s session, Irish team manager Paul McMahon said they would be aiming to turn the four bronze medals into at least four silver medals.

“The team had some very tough bouts today. It’s a very competitive tournament and there are a few boxers here that have competed at the World Championships. The lads will have another tough session tomorrow in the semi-finals. The target is to get four into Sunday’s finals.”

Saturday’s semi-finals begin at 3pm Irish time.

Irish Squad

49kg Steven Tracey (Ryston)

52kg Chris Phelan (Ryston)

56kg Declan Milligan (St Pauls Belfast)

60kg Michael McDonagh (St Marys Dublin)

6kg Kieran Forde (Monivea)

69kg Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan)

75kg Chris Blaney (Navan)

81kg Khril Afanasev (Smithfield)

Team Manager: Paul McMahon (Belfast)

Coaches: Gerry McDaid (Mulhuddart) & Paddy Hughes (Ryston)

R & J: John Mongan (Olympic B.C)

Physio: Emma Gorman

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