Gold for Nevin & Quigley in Belarus
Updated: Saturday, 08 Jun 2013 16:04
John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley have claimed gold medals at the European Boxing Championships in Belarus.
Nevin won the bantamweight final after defeating Mykola Butsenko of Ukraine on a unanimous decision.
The Mullingar boxer outclassed his opponent to claim a 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 win in Minsk. Nevin was also named boxer of the tournament.
Speaking after the fight, Nevin told RTÉ Sport: "We weren't taking silver this time we were aiming for the gold. It’s down to conditioning, we’d a great camp, I knew I had everything done right."
Coach Billy Walsh added: "He’s been fantastic the whole championships. He’s a world class athlete, it’s nice to win silver to but to win gold is what it’s all about."
Quigley, fighting in the middleweight division, edged a tense fight with Romania's Bogdan Juratoni.
The judges were split but the Donegal fighter won on a scoreline of 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.
Earlier, Michael Conlan had to be satisfied with silver as he lost to Andrew Selby in the flyweight final.
The 21-year-old Belfast fighter lost on a split decision to the classy Welshman, 28-29, 29-28, 30-27.
Conlan was pipped by Selby in their World Championship quarter-final in 2011 and also lost a superb battle in this year's World Series of Boxing.
Paddy Barnes was ruled out of the light-flyweight final with Russia's David Ayrapetyan because of a fractured nose.
The Belfast man suffered the injury in his first fight of the week.
Walsh confirmed that following a meeting with Barnes last night that they had decided to withdraw the Belfast man.
“The safety of our boxers is more important than gold medals,” said Walsh.
Barnes’ nose was bleeding in yesterday’s semi-final victory over Salman Alizada of Azerbaijan and he needed attention from the ringside doctor during the bout.
Ayrapetyan took the 49kg gold medal on a walkover.
Barnes, a gold medal winner at the 2010 European Championships, took silver.
This morning Barnes tweeted: “Out of the final today! Couldn't bluff the doctors today again, had to get an X-ray and nose is broke! Broke it in my 1st fight!”
49Kg: David Ayrapetayan (Russia) bt Patrick Barnes (Ireland) Walkover
52Kg: Andrew Selby (Wales) bt Michael Conlan (Ireland)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) bt Mykola Butsenko (Ukraine)
75Kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) bt Bogdan Juratoni (Romania)