Brett McGinty bows out of World Youth Championships in controversial fashion
DERRY banger Brett McGinty bowed out of the AIBA World Youth Championships in controversial circumstances on Sunday as the issue of dubious judging in amateur boxing once again raised its ugly head.
Welterweight McGinty, a Commonwealth Youth silver medallist last year, struggled to get to grips with Andrej Csemez’s slick jab in the first round, but clearly dominated the second and third round of the last 32 encounter in St Petersburg.
Having stopped Filipino Kuattisak Promchuay in his first bout in Russia on Friday, the 17-year-old looked in confident mood as he landed the cleaner, more hurtful shots. However, the five judges at ringside didn’t see it that way, giving the Slovakian the nod 3-2, to the surprise of stunned Irish coaches John Conlan and Billy McClean.
McGinty’s exit came a day after fellow Ulster fighter Conor Quinn had bravely exited the competition. The Clonard flyweight lost out to Elio Crespo-Santos after a cagey three-rounder, with both men attempting to establish themselves as the counter-puncher before the Cuban won a unanimous decision.
There was some good news from Russia on Sunday though, as Paddy Donovan and Michael Nevin both advanced to the last-16. Nevin, in particular, caught the eye on his debut at the Sibur Arena. The Portlaoise middleweight - a former European schoolboy, junior and youth champion - outclassed Croatia’s Matej Uremovic. Nevin found the target with just about every shot in the book and rocked his opponent who kept plugging away, firing back with a big right in the second round.
Donovan, meanwhile, recorded his second win in the space of 48 hours on Sunday morning. The Limerick lightweight controlled his contest with Ranjo Napoles of the Philippines, with two judges scoring the fight 30-25 to the Shannonsider, a silver medallist at the World Junior Championships in St Petersburg last year.
There are two more Irish fighters in last-32 action on Monday, with Jordan Moore taking on either Carlo Paalan (Philippines) or Enrique Ternera-Alarcan (Columbia), light-welter Gabriel Dossen up against USA’s Freudis Rojas jnr, with light-heavy Christopher O’Reilly taking on Krenar Aliu (Finland) in the last-32.