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EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships

Rotterdam 2013 (11th - 18th August)
Age Classification:

Boxers who were born between January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1996

are eligible to participate (ages 17 - 18)

Weight Classification: 10 weight categories:

46kg-49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, 91+kg

Rounds 3 x 3 minute rounds


  Irish squad 2013 European Youths

Draw & results

last 32

last 16




49kg  Jason McKay (Canal) 13   W2-1 L0-3      
52kg  Gary Cully (St Davids Nass) 20 W2-1 W3-0 W2-1 W3-0 W3-0 GOLD
56kg  Kurt Walker (Canal) 26 W3-0 W3-0 W3-0 W3-0 L1-2 SILVER
60kg  Michael McDonagh (St Pauls, Waterford) 27 W3-0 W2-1 L0-3      
64kg  no boxer 26            
69kg  John Stokes (Mulhuddart) 28 W3-0 W3-0 LTKOI3      
75kg  Conor Wallace (Sacred Heart, Newry) 28 L0-3          
81kg  Mike Gallagher (Finn Valley) 20   L0-3        
91kg  James Hughes (Ryston) 18 W2-1 LTKOI3        
91+  no boxer 14            
  Team manager: Mick Darby              
  Coaches: Billy McClean, Tom Hayes, Gerard Farrell              
  Physio:  Eoin Naughton              





by Bernard O'Neill on Monday, August 19th, 2013


Ireland finished in 4th spot in the medals table at the 38-nation 2013 European Youth Championships in the Netherlands.

Gary Cully claimed gold and Kurt Walker won silver at the tournament which concluded on Saturday in Rotterdam.

The gold and silver were hard-earned medals as the Kildare and Antrim duo had five bouts in six days at the tournament.

Cully also collected the Best Boxer Award.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet; winning gold and the Best Boxer award is absolutely fantastic, 17-year-old Cully, a three-time Irish champion, told

“Having five fights in six days was tough, especially having to make the weight each day. I thought that the Belarusian in the quarter-finals was the most difficult fight.

“My focus is now on the World Youth Championships next year, but ultimately the Olympic Games is my focus, that’s the one,” added the St David’s BC southpaw.

Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Ireland and Hungary, in that order, finished in the top five in the medals table.






Ireland will be taking home one gold and one silver medal from European Youth C’Ships.


Kildare flyweight Gary Cully was crowned European Youth champion in Rotterdam tonight.

But Kurt Walker lost out in his bid for gold after losing on a split decision to Nasraddin Mammadov of Azerbaijan.

Cully, who boxes out of the St David’s BC BC, hammered out a unanimous decision over Mammadov’s compatriot Masud Yusifzada to claim flyweight  gold.

The classy 17-year-old southpaw also claimed the Best Boxer Award at Championships  which featured 220 athletes and Ireland finished in 4th spot  in the medals table at the 38-nation tournament.

Cully, using his height and reach advantage to maximum effect, was always in control of this contest, as Yusifzada, the current Azeri Youth champion and a two-time European Schoolboy Championships bronze medalist, struggled to get inside the Irish champion’s reach.

Scoring repeatedly with long rights and left crosses and keeping his distance, Cully executed his game plan to perfection to cap a fine tournament, according to Irish team manager Mick Darby.

“Gary did what he had to do and he got his just reward; fantastic performance and we’re absolutely thrilled with the win,” he said.

Antrim bantamweight Walker, a bronze medalist at the 2012 AIBA World Youth Championships, and Mammadov both had their moments in a very tight bantamweight decider.

Walker, who like Cully has had five bouts in six days in Rotterdam this week, produced a fine performance added Darby.

“It was close, very close and it could have gone either way in the end. Kurt gave it everything as always”, he added.

Cully is now the second Irish boxer after Jason Quigley, the current European Elite champion, to win European Youth gold, Quigley securing his top of the podium finish in Poland in 2009.

“We’re absolutely delighted for Gary. He was technically brilliant throughout this tournament and totally deserves his gold medal, said Irish coach Billy McClean.

“But we’re despondent for Kurt. He was brilliant and we thought he did enough to win the gold but it went against him. He gave it 100%.

 ”It fantastic to hear the Irish anthem being played again. As a whole, the Irish squad were outstanding here this week and they all  gave it absolutely everything.”

McClean, Tom Hayes and Gerard Farrell were working Ireland’s corner in Rotterdam and steered Ireland to what predicts will be a top four finish in the medals table. Eoin Naughton was Irish physio at the 38-nation tournament.

The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 5.35pm tomorrow, August 18th. (Terminal 2, Aer Lingus).


Irish squad


49kg: Jason McKay (Canal)

52kg: Gary Cully (St David’s Nass) (Gold)

56kg: Kurt Walker (Canal) (Silver)

60kg: Michael McDonagh (St Pauls, Waterford)

69kg: John Stokes (Mulhuddart)

75kg: Conor Wallace (Sacred Heart, Newry)

81kg: Mike Gallagher (Finn Valley)

91kg: James Hughes (Ryston)


Team manager: Mick Darby

Coaches: Billy McClean, Tom Hayes, Gerard Farrell

Physio:  Eoin Naughton 


2013 European Youth Championships Best Boxer Award 

Gary Cully (St David’s BC) 

2013 European Youth Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands


August 12th

Last 32

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland)  beat Faris El Abassi (Netherlands) 3-0

Last 32

60kg Michael McDonagh (Ireland) beat  Tin Jankovic (Croatia) 3-0

91kg James Hughes (Ireland) beat  Michal Urban (Slovakia) 2-1


August 13th

Last 16

49kg Jason McKay (Ireland) beat Anthony Gimenez (France) 2-1

Last 32

52kg Gary Cully (Ireland) beat  Dmitrijs Zaharous (Latvia) 2-1

69kg John Stokes (Ireland) beat Eimantas Vaiciukonis (Lithuania) 3-0

75kg Conor Wallace (Ireland) lost to Salvatore Cavallaro (Italy) 0-3

August 14th

Last 16

52kg Gary Cully (Ireland) beat Krenar Zenal (Albania) 3-0

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Hakan Dogan (Turkey) 3-0

60kg Michael McDonagh (Ireland) beat Hadi Srour (Norway) 2-1

69kg John Stokes (Ireland) beat Cristian Negura (Moldova) 3-0

81kg Mike Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Roy Korring (Netherlands) 0-3

91kg James Hughes (Ireland) lost to Andrey Stotskiy (Russia) TKO1


August 15th


49kg Jason McKay (Ireland) lost to Dmytro Zamatayev (Ukraine) 0-3

52kg Gary Cully (Ireland) beat Dzimitry Asmali Asanau (Belarus) 2-1

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Maxim Krivtsov (Russia) 3-0

60kg Michael McDonagh (Ireland) lost to  Franceso Maietta (Italy) 0-3

69kg John Stokes (Ireland) lost to Tamerian Magomedov (Russia) TKO13

August 16th


52kg Gary Cully (Ireland) beat  Kiril Kuznetsov (Russia) 3-0

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Yahor Kurbanov (Belarus) 3-0

August 17th


52kg Gary Cully (Ireland) beat Masud Yusifzada (Azerbaijan) 3-0

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Nasraddin Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 1-2






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