The Four Nation International Cadet Championships got underway at 6pm this evening with twenty two bouts at the National Stadium in Dublin. Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Lithuania are taking part in this years event which concludes on Sunday next (June 3rd).
Strawweight Neil Walker got the evening off to a positive start for Ireland forcing Germany's Tom Tran into a standing count in the first en route to chalking up a 15-7 victory, but Germany levelled affairs when Dieter Geler survived being given a public warning in the third to edge out Alan Phelan 9-8.
Charlie Haggerty restored Irelands one bout advantage in the third fight on the card versus Arthur Bril.However, German bantamweight Tyron Zuege restored parity
for the visitors forcing Stephen Kilroy into a standing count with a good combination on the way to a 16-5 victory.
Des Fahy also had to endure a standing count in the first versus David Wolter before the German won the contest by a margin of two points. The lightweight clash of the two Patrick's went they way of Germany's Patrick Wolcicki, but Ireland's Patrick Harkin finished strongly and did a lot of good work in the second and third rounds.
David Joe Joyce and Jacub Dolu were involved in an extremely close light welter contest which Joyce won. Conrad Cummings landed a fantastic right on the bell in the final round versus Viktor Matern to level the bout at 14-14, but then agonisingly lost out 27-30 on a countback.
Bernard Roe use his jab to great effect to deservedly earn a positive verdict against Albert Becker,but Kenan Bairaqmi's longer reach helped restore Germany's two bout cushion against Thomas McDonagh.
The final Ireland versus Germany bout of this evening saw Alan Delmar produce an impressive high tempo performance to record a very convincing 17-2 win over Sahin Bajrami.
Liam McGuinness and Lithuania's Justas Shalkauskas exchanged some telling punches not least of which were two solid right hooks in the final round before McGuinness was declared a winner and Bernie McDonagh chalked up Irelands seventh victory of the evening after being handed a narrow decision against
Lithuania secured their first win of the tournament courtesy of Mantas Barauskas 7-5 victory over Paul Hyland, who did oblige his opponent to take a standing count
in the second.
Ireland's Jason Quigley's benefited when Andrius Palaima was given a public warning for slapping in the second, but Quigley's more accurate punching was reflected in his winning margin of eighteen points.
Michael Ward was giving a lot away in height and reach to Andrei Lukashevich but managed to carve out a hard fought victory while middleweight Thomas McCarthy produced a good final round to defeat Sweden's Pezhman Seifkhanihassankiade.
Overall Ireland won ten of tonight's bouts, Germany six, Sweden three, and Lithuania three.Boxing will recommence tomorrow evening (Saturday June 2nd) at 6pm