TJ Waite and Michael O’Reilly are through to Sunday’s Gee Bee Finals in Helsinki, Finland after recording semi-finals wins in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday - but Darren O’Neill is out of the tournament after picking up a cut in his semi-final win.

World No 2 middleweight O’Reilly recorded a comfortable victory over England’s Troy Williamson at the 35th edition of the tournament and Waite earned a split decision over Belgian flyweight Dodji Ayigah.

O’Neill won all three rounds against Italian heavyweight Tommaso Rossano but the Irish camp decided to withdraw the London 2012 from Sunday’s finals after he suffered a facial cut during the three-rounder.

The Gee Bee tournament is Ireland’s last competitive outing before next month’s Olympic qualifiers in Turkey.

Gee Bee Multi-Nations:


75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Giovanni Sarachiato (Italy) 3-0

64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) lost to Aleksai Mazur (Russia) 1-2

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Tadas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) 3-0


49kg Stephen McKenna (Ireland) lost to Bator Sagalajev (Russia) 0-3

52kg TJ Waite (Ireland) beat Dodji Ayigah (Belgium) 2-1

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Troy Williamson (England) 3-0

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Tommaso Rossano (Italy) 3-0

Finals - 13 March

52kg TJ Waite (Ireland) v Ovik Ogannisian (Russia)

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Christian M'Billi Assomo (France)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to  Vasilly Levitt (Kazakhstan) W/O (O’Neill injured in s/finals)