Moylett causes huge upset with golden strike for Ireland

RAY MOYLETT from Westport defeated Daniyar Yeleussino of Kazakhstan to take gold and win Ireland’s first medal at the world youth boxing championship in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday.

Dubliner Jamie Kavanagh, (Crumlin boxing club), came away with a silver medal after losing 7-2 to Frank Izla of Cuba, in the light welterweight final while welterweight David Joe Joyce (St Michael’s, Athy) and light heavyweight, Thomas McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett, Belfast), claimed bronze

Moylett’s coach, Peter Mullen, admitted: “We knew he was very talented but you never know how good a boxer is until you see him box against the best in the world. Then we saw him beat the Brazilian (Jefferson Silva) 21-2, the Welshman (Fred Evans) 11-8, the Cuban (Juan Garcia) 10-2 and he beat the European champion (Aliaksei Haletisa) 5-2 in the semis.

“We can’t wait to have him home. It has just been mad around the club since the Olympic Games. We have 30 lads in training and 10 girls so it is pretty busy.”

In a tournament ruled by Cuban boxers, Moylett caused the biggest upset. He was brilliant in his victory over the Kazakhstan and was ice-cool in the delivery of his punches.

Kavanagh was brilliant in his final but couldn’t match talented Cuban Frank Izla. In the semi-finals, David Joe Joyce, nursing a hand injury, lost to Oscar Melina of Mexico 4-2 while Thomas McCarthy put up the performance of his life against the Russian light heavyweight, Marten Magomedov, before going down 8-6.

Meanwhile, Ulster senior welterweight champion Shane McGuigan will meet John Joe Joyce, of the St Matthews club in Dublin, in Friday’s National U21 Championships light middleweight final.

The Clones fighter, whose father Barry was working his corner, recorded a 30-21 win over Christy Boyle, to march into the 71kg decider — 30 years after his dad won an Irish U21 title at the same venue.

McGuigan senior was dismissed from his son’s corner for coaching during the fourth and final round on Saturday and apologised to referee Edward Cummins afterwards.

Meanwhile, McGuigan’s Clones team-mate Larry Fryers, took two standing counts in the second round and looked to be heading for the exit against Steven Donnelly who was 11-2 up going at the end of the frame.

But Fryers staged a stunning comeback to level the bout in the third before forging ahead and claiming victory by a four-point margin.

Jason Quigley also had his hand raised in victory following four rounds with Patrick J Ward, and Stephen O’Reilly out gunned Donald Ward in the middleweight decider.

Michael Ward, meanwhile, edged out Patrick O’Shea and Martin Stokes earned a deserved win over Antoine Griffen in a light heavyweight clash which saw both boxers taking standing counts in the third and fourth.

The finals will be held on Friday November 7.

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