Roche leads way for Irish in Russia

THE Irish senior boxing team will meet Scotland instead of India at the National Stadium in Dublin tomorrow night, the Indian federation having announced during the week they would not be travelling due to unforeseen circumstances.

Meanwhile, Irish coaches Eddie Bolger and Tony Davitt have hailed the performances of their squad after they claimed at least three bronze medals at the Pavlyukov Memorial Youth Multi-Nations in Anapa, Russia yesterday.

David Roche, Stephen Broadhurst and Gary Sweeney all won their bouts — Roche and Broadhurst seeing off Cuban and Russian champions respectively.

Roche, from the Riverstown BC in Cork, beat Cuban lightweight Yoangel Moyagibert 6-5 and Broadhurst, from the Dealgan BC in Dundalk, hammered Russian middleweight Syleymanov Amir 8-0.

Mayo light-heavyweight Gary Sweeney booked his ticket into the last four with a 1-0 win over Versoykin Nikita of Latvia, but Cavan’s Patrick Nevin lost to Russian flyweight Dmitriy Makarov.

“David, Stephen and Gary produced fantastic performances and Patrick was in against a very good Russian,” said Bolger.

“We have another four (fighters) in tomorrow and hopefully we can secure more medals,” he added.

Michael Nevin, Kieran Forde, George Bates and Christy Joyce will all be involved in last-eight bouts today.

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