The tournament is due to glove off on October 1st at the Black Sea holiday resort.
www.iaba.ie takes a look at the previous nine tournaments and how our boxers fared.
Please see below attachment for invitation letter for the 2012 European Schoolboy Championships.
Ireland have a distinguished history at the European Schoolboy Championships and have never failed to win a medal at a competition which plays a crucial role in the competitive development of the continent’s underage prospects.
Our talented young boxers have repeatedly fought their way into the business end of the tournament since its inception in Rome in 2003, securing a grand total of 40 medals over the last nine seasons.
David Joyce, Carl Frampton, Keith Boyle, John McDonagh, David Oliver Joyce and John Joe Joyce took home one gold, one silver and four bronze medals from the Eternal City nine years ago.
Less than 12 months later another four medals were plundered in Hungary. Willie O’Reilly and Stephen O”Reilly struck double gold in Siofok in the 40kg and 68kg classes courtesy of wins over Ukrainian compatriots Andriej Knieziew and Jewgoenij Ustymienko.
Darren Cruise (silver) and Ryan Brady (bronze) also finished in podium positions in Siofok.
The result archives from the 3rd Championships in Tver, Russia are incomplete. But, what can be confirmed, is that eventual silver medalist Darragh Power was beaten by Alexander Besputin of Russia in the flyweight final and David Joe Joyce, David Joyce, Bernard Roe and Tommy McCarthy secured a quartet of bronze medals after reaching their respective semi-finals.
Twelve months later in Nikolayev, Ukraine, Anthony Upton, Fergal McCrory and Tommy Kiely bagged at hat-trick of bronze medals, while the class of 2007 secured one of our greatest hauls in Portsmouth, England in 2007.
Michael Reilly and Michael McDonagh both beat Russian opponents to win gold, while Joe Ward, who go on to win AIBA World Junior and Youth gold and a European Senior title, earned a silver medal. George Bates, Christy Joyce, Chris Mullaly, Ray Ginley and Daniel O’Brien won bronze to complete a fantastic tournament.
However, at the 2008 edition in Novi Sad, Dylan Carr was the only Irish boxer to medal. Carr reached the semi-finals in Serbia but was beaten by Russia’s Ruslan Gilmanov in the 54kg class. The 2009 edition was hosted in Anapa, Russia, the venue for the upcoming Championships. Victor Medveduic and Gerard Whitehouse won two bronze medals by the banks of the Black Sea.
One year later, in Gambol, Bulgaria, John Joyce was outrageously adjudged to have lost his semi-final to Russia’s Ivan Dubovik and had to settler for bronze. Such was the consternation provoked by that result – and Irish team manager Patrick’s Gallagher’s report didn’t pull any punches – that Joyce was presented with the Boxer of the Tournament award. Wayne Kelly and Michael Gallagher also won bronze in Anapa.
Joyce vowed in Gambol that he would return for the 2011 European Schoolboy Championships and win gold. He remained true to that promise, as 12 months later he beat Russia’s Miroslav Peshkov in the 2011 final in Grozny, Russia to secure the gold medal he was denied the opportunity to compete for in Bulgaria.
James Cleary (silver), Matthew Burke (silver), and Craig Bonney, Lewis Crocker, Sean Conroy, Tiernan Bradley and Keelan Sexton with four bronze medals wins In total completed a fine outing for the Boys in Green in Grozny.
Ireland’s boxers have won 6 gold, 6 silver and 28 bronze medals at the last nine European Schoolboy Championships, a haul which averages out at over 4 medals per tournament.