Ward is Three Time European Champion

June 26, 2017

Congratuations to Joe Ward who claimed his third European title in Kharkiv, Ukraine at the weekend after beating Russian light-heavy Muslim Gadzhimagomedov.

 

Ward has his hand raised in victory on a unanimous decision to claim his third European gold since 2011.

 

The judges handed Ward a 30-27,30-27.30-27, 29-28,29-28 victory after three tight rounds against the tall and rangy Dagestan orthodox.

 

The Rio 2016 Olympian punched the air with delight when the result was announced.

 

Irish male boxing has now claimed eight gold medals from the last five European Championships since 2010. Ward has won three of those.

 

The Moate BC (Westmeath) southpaw won his first  European gold in 2011, his second in 2015 and his third today. All at light-heavy.

 

Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker were presented with their bronze medals today.

 

Ward, Irvine, Walker and Sean McComb qualified for the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany in the Ukraine this week.

 

Team Ireland are due to arrive home from the Ukraine at 10.50pm this evening via Dublin Airport (Terminal 1).

 

 

European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th

June 16th

(Last 32)

64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) 5-0

June 17th:

Last 32

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat SeverianeChildaze (Georgia) 5-0
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) lost to Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) 0-5

June 18th

Last 32

60kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) lost to Artur Bril (Germany) 0-5
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) 3-2

June 19th

Last 16

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey) 5-0
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia) 3-2
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine) TKO2

June 20th

Last 16

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Tayfur Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 4-1
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan) 0-5
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Matus Strnisko (Slovakia) 5-0
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine) 1-4

June 21st

Q/Finals

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Gabriel Escobar (Spain) 5-0
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Raffaele Di Serio (Italy) 3-1
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) lost to Luke McCormack (England) 2-3
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Sean Lazzerini (Scotland) 5-0

June 23rd

S/Finals

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Niall Dean Farrell (England) 0-5
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Mykola Butsenko (Ukraine) 0-5
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Valentino Manfredonia (Italy) 5-0

June 24th

Finals

81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (Russia) 5-0

Irish squad

52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls) (Bronze)

56kg – Bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal) (Bronze)

60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)

64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)

69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)

75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)

81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate) (Gold)

91kg – Heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91+kg – Super-heavy – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

High-Performance Director/Head of Delegation: Bernard Dunne

Head Coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne, Eoin Pluck

Physio: Seamus Caffrey

Doctor: Jim Clover

Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary

Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton

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