Boxing: European Schools Championships, Turkey

by Jonny Stapleton
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There was delirium in Erzurum as Brandon Geoghegan won European gold for Ireland last weekend.

The Tallaght youngster proved himself the best School Boy flyweight in Europe fighting his way to the top of the European Schools podium in Turkey.

The Sacred Heart prospect had to earn his first international medal and was one of very few fighters from the entire competition to fight on the first and last day of the prestigious competition.

Geoghegan had to win five fights to secure gold, the young Dub beating England’s PaddyMcDonagh, Polish and Italian opposition en route to the decider where he defeated fancied Georgian Akaki Basaria by a 5-0 unanimous decision.

The win saw Geoghegan (inset)  join put his name beside the likes former two weight world champion Carl Frampton, former European champion Tommy McCarthy and arguably Ireland’s greatest male amateur Joe Ward on an illustrious list of Irish European Schools medal winners.

The teenager, one of three Irish gold medal winners in Turkey, can also boast to being one of just 22 Irish gold medal winners at the age grade and level.

He joins Dubs like Joshua Adam Olaniyan (2019),  Yasmin Meredith (2018), Winnie McDonagh (2018), Michael McDonagh (2012) and Willo Hayden (2016) as podium toppers at the competition.

Geoghegan wasn’t the only Dubliner to pick up a medal in Erzurum two fellow Tallaght fighters also come home with precious metal hung around their neck.

Geoghegan’s Sacred Heart Club mate Abbey Molloy, who fought in the 42kg class also had an impressive tournament before her semi-final exit and won bronze in her first trip away with Ireland. 63kg talent Broderick Adbuire of Jobstown also come home with bronze after winning his way to the final four where he exited after an exciting and close semi.

Robyn Charlie Carlyle of Crumlin BC, Faith Kileen of Jobstown BC and Avona’s Rocco Dempsey also represented Dublin and Ireland on the continental stage but didn’t win medals.

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