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AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships

Yerevan 2012 (Nov 25 -Dec 8)
Age Classification: Between the ages of 17 and 18 will be eligible to compete (born between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 1995)
Weight Classification: 10 weight categories:

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



Kurt Walker, who boxes out of the Canal BC in Lisburn, claimed a bronze medal in the Armenian capitol.

Walker was edged out by England’s Oliver Simpson, who went on the claim gold, in last Friday’s semi-final in the flyweight class.

Flyweight 52kg draw sheet and results
C73B084pre64.pdf prelim last 64 result
C73B216pre32.pdf prelim last 32 result
C73B274pre16.pdf prelim last 16 result
C73B319qf.pdf quarter final result
C73B339sf.pdf  semi final result
C96Bteamranking.pdf      C95-11medals.pdf      C93medalists.pdf


by Bernard O'Neill on Thursday, December 6th, 2012


Kurt Walker was edged out by Oliver Simpson in the semi-finals of the AIBA World Youth C’Ships today.

Kurt Walker and Canal BC coaches Noel Reynold and Paddy McKay at Dublin’s National Stadium



Kurt Walker had to settle for bronze at the AIBA World Youth Championships in Yerevan, Armenia today after losing out to England’s Oliver Simpson in the 52kg semi-final.

Walker, who was trailing 9-5 going in to the final frame, had the Yorkshire flyweight on the run in the last round, but the Kelly’s ABC boxer held out to earn a 14-12 decision in Yerevan.


Simpson, finding the target with some good body shots, edged the first 4-3, Walker, who had the height and reach advantage, picking up points on the counter.

Simpson had a very productive second, a round which saw him stretch his lead to to 9-4, although Walker, boxing out of the blue corner, winged home some two very solid looking rights.


Opening Ceremony in Yerevan


The five-time Irish champion had no other option but to throw caution to the wind in the final frame, and the Canal BC orthodox, subjecting his opponent to a torrid three minutes, very nearly pulled it out of the fire.


Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yerevan


But the judges handed the decision to Simpson after the final bell  of one of the bouts of the semi-final stages at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in the Armenian capital.

Simpson will now meet Jeyvier Cintron Ocasio of Puerto Rico, who beat Cuba’s Luis Cordero-Parlay today,  in Friday’s final.

“Kurt can be very, very proud of his performance. He had a storming final round and he might have nicked it in the end, said Irish coach Billy McClean, who was working Walker’s corner with Tom Hayes.

“He’s had four tough bouts out here since last Friday and there may have been an element of fatigue involved, although he did pull out all the stops in the final round today.

“We’re proud of the performances of our squad at this tournament, particularly as we had a really tough draw. Nothing came easy for our squad in Yerevan.”

Stephen Connolly, Irish team manager, was full of praise for the 17-year-old Ulster stand out, who will be underage for the 2013 European Youth Championships.

“Kurt gave it absolutely everything and it could have gone either way in the end. It was very close bout. Kurt and the Irish squad represented their country with pride throughout the course of this tournament,  he said.

“Billy McClean and Tom Hayes and the Irish coaching staff have done an enormous amount of work with this young squad over the last year and they deserve all the praise they can get.

“Our Youths are competing with the best in the world at this level thanks to the tremendous work Billy and Tom and our coaching staff are putting in preparing and training our squads to compete at the very highest level internationally.”

Walker’s defeat brings Ireland’s competitive interest in the tournament to a close.

However, tomorrow (December 7th) will be a day of celebration for Irish boxing in Yerevan as Walker will be presented with his medal and Katie Taylor will collect the AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year Award for a third time.

Tyrone’s Michael Gallagher will pick up his second AIBA World Referee and Judge Award at the AIBA ceremony after the finals of the 2012 AIBA World Youth Championships.

Meanwhile, Walker has now picked up 400 points – he’ll collect 450 points if Simpson wins gold on Friday – for the AIBA World Senior rankings, the updated version of which will be published in January.

John Joe McDonagh will collect at least 150 ranking points in the light-heavyweight class by virtues of reaching the quarter-finals.

Ireland’s boxers have now won two gold, two silver and three bronze medals from the last three AIBA World Youth Championships in Mexico, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The Irish squad are due to arrive home from Armenia via Dublin Airport at 4. 45pm on Sunday.


2012 AIBA World Youth Championships Yerevan, Armenia


November 29th

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) beat Brec Mislav (Croatia) RSC2

64kg: Thomas Waites (Ireland) lost to Eimantas Stanionis (Lithuania) 6-14

November 30th

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Giorgi Gabodze (Georgia) 14-7

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) beat Aleksandar Jankovic (Denmark) 16-10

December 1st

49kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) beat Pavel Gunchenko (Russia) 23-10

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) beat Lin Sheng-Ling (Chinese Taipei) 19-10

69kg: Stephen Mulholland (Ireland) lost to Zhidi Zhang (China) 13-16

December 2nd

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Suthin Masuk (Thailand) 13-6

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Ireland) beat Armarsanaa Badar-Uugan (Mongolia) 18-9

December 3rd (Last 16)

49kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) lost to Andy Cruz-Gomes (Cuba) 13-21

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Sam Kistohurry (France) 18-14

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) lost to Stefani Gasparri (Italy) 6-7

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Ireland) lost to Raul Curiel-Garcia (Mexico) 13-18

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) beat Eric Finau (New Zealand) 8-7

December 4th


52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Ian Clarke Bautista (Philippines) 19-12

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Idris Shakhmanov (Russia) 7-15

December 6th


52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Oliver Reece Simpson (England) 12-14


Irish squad

49kg: Keith Flavin (Paulstown)

52kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)

56kg: Chris Nevin (Holy Family Drogheda)

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Cavan)

64kg: Thomas Waite (Holy Trinity)

69kg: Stephen Mulholland (St Malachys)

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Crumlin)

Team manager: Stephen Connolly

Coaches: Billy McClean and Tom Hayes

Physio: Conor McCarthy



by Bernard O'Neill on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012


Kurt Walker advanced to the last-four of the World Youths today, but John Joe McDonagh lost out.

Canal BC ace Kurt Walker with club coaches Noel Reynolds and Paddy McKay



Kurt Walker is guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the 2012 AIBA World Youth Championships following a magnificent win over Ian Clarke Bautista of the Philippines in Armenia today.

The Canal BC (Lisburn, Co. Antrim) flyweight dominated every round of the 52kg quarter-final in Yerevan to ensure that Ireland won’t be coming home empty handed from the 71-nation tournament.


Walker, a five-time Irish champion, claimed the first frame 6-3, the second 6-4 and the third 7-5 to post an impressive 19-12 victory.

He’ll now be seeking to upgrade to at least silver from Thursday’s last-four meeting with  England’s Oliver Reece Simpson (Kelly’s ABC, Yorkshire).

Cuba’s Jorge Luis Cordero-Parlay and Jeyvier Cintron Ocasio of Puerto Rico clash in corresponding semi-final, also on Thursday.

Boxing2012 – AIBA Youth World Championships Day7 Semi-finals Schedule

Crumlin BC (Dublin) light-heavyweight John Joe McDonagh bowed out today after losing to Russian number one Idris Shakhmanov.

Shakhmanov held a 9-4 advantage going into the third round of this duel, and, despite a typically brave showing from McDonagh, who never stopped coming forward, won the last frame 6-3.


McDonagh has the consolation of knowing that he has picked up at least 150 ranking points by virtue of reaching the quarter-finals in Yerevan.

The top eight boxers in each of the 10 weight divisions at the AIBA World Youth Championships earn points for the AIBA World Senior rankings.

Walker, a five-time Irish champion, is guaranteed at least 450 ranking points – and at least a bronze medal – courtesy of today’s decision.

The updated AIBA World Senior rankings will be published in early January and Walker and McDonagh will be in the mix  for the first time.


John Joe McDonagh


(AIBA World Youths ranking points: 1st (800),2nd(600),3rd(500),4th(450),5th(300),6th(250),7th(200),8th(150))

Speaking after today’s win, Jim Russell, Secretary and coach of the Canal BC, which was founded only three years ago, said the club were thrilled with the result from Yerevan.

Noel Reynolds and Paddy McKay also coach at the club.

Former WBA World featherweight champion and Irish Olympian Barry McGuigan, who described Walker as an outstanding talent, is club President.

“Kurt has flourished over the last two years and this is a fantastic boost for the club. It’s unbelievable and we’re thrilled with the win. Hopefully, he can now go on and win the gold medal,” said Jim Russell.

Wednesday is a rest day in Yerevan.

The semi-finals and finals will be held on Thursday and Friday.

Walker, who has won three bouts in Yerevan so far, and Simpson will be between the ropes at approximately 2.15pm (Irish time) Thursday.


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