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Hugh Myres and Jason Quigley secure bronze medals at the European Under-23 Championships in Russia

Updated: Saturday, 15 Dec 2012 22:09 | Comments

Hugh Myres has secured a semi-final spot at the European Under-23 Championships
Hugh Myres has secured a semi-final spot at the European Under-23 Championships

Jason Quigley assured Ireland of at least a second bronze medal at the European Under-23 Championships in Russia today.

But 2009 Irish Elite champion Declan Geraghty was beaten 17-7 by Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final in Kaliningrad, while Mark O'Hara also bowed out.

Quigley, boxing in the middleweight class, earned a 12-9 last-eight decision over durable Moldovan Victor Carapchevschii to join his Irish team-mate Hugh Myres in Monday's semi-finals.

The 2009 European Youth champion will now face Russia's Maksim Timofeev in 48 hours.

Earlier, Hugh Myres secured a minimum broneze medal at the following an impressive quarter-final win over Ory Georges.

The Ryston BC light-flyweight, who ran two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes close in the 2012 Irish Elite final, won all three rounds to post a 17-10 win over the French southpaw at the Sports Palace in Kaliningrad.

He'll now meet Israel's David Albrdian in the 49kg semi-final on Monday.

Kildare heavyweight Christy Joyce and Dublin welterweight Thurles Moran bowed out.

Joyce was stopped in round two by Gevory Manukyn of the Ukraine and Moran dropped a narrow 12-9 decision to Pavel Kostromin of Belarus.

Sunday is a rest day at the tournament.

The semi-finals and finals will be held on Monday and Tuesday.

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