MEDAL ALERT – More success on the euro as Adam Hession takes bronze
Adam haession had the performance of his career to secure a place on the European Under-22 Championship podium this afternoon.
The Galway hunter dominated the German Oumar Bajwa advance to the semi-finals of the continental competition and win at least one bronze medal.
The 21-year-old showed he is skilled in all boxing departments with aggressive combination strikes, winning him the first round 10-8 on two scorecards, before forcing his opponent to a stand-up eight via boxing skillful at the foot of the fleet in the third.
The eye-catching performance and massive 30-26, 30-26, 30-27, 30-25, 30-25 unanimous point win sees Hession join light welterweight Dean Clancy in the semifinals – and also won the bantamweight $ 2,000 in prize money.
Bajwa, who also has a loss to Conor Quinn on his record, started the first round well, shooting back-to-back shots from the first minute. However, Hession found his range and started scoring heavy with beautiful and offensive combinations. The last two minutes of the stanza were his as he mixed class and aggression to ensure he won the round at every level. in fact, he was so dominant that he won 10-8 on two of the judges’ scorecards.
MEDAL ALERT 🥉
A great performance from @ adamhesion2 who controls the contest from start to finish and he wins by unanimous decision v 🇩🇪!
He made it to the semi-final & guaranteed at least 🥉!
– IABA (@IABABOXING) June 21, 2021
The German advanced in the second but the Galway hunter was content to make him walk on a certain number of pawns. It was not the dominance seen in the first round, in fact it was a more competitive round and Hession was warned for hitting after the bell. However, it was a stanza he cashed in all areas to put a foot and a half in the semifinals.
The talented young bantamweight showed his back-foot prowess in the final stanza and forced his opponent to take a standing eight with a beautifully timed and executed right hand. The fighter who was bullish in the first was like a matador in the last and crossed the line in style.
Hession will face Polish seed Pawel Brach in the semi-finals tomorrow.
There was no such joy for Kieran Molloy when he left the tournament in the quarterfinals.
The European Championships bronze medalist lost to tournament favorite and No.1 seed Akbar Harris of England.
The fight was Molloy’s third in the tournament and after beating German Daniel Krotter and Eric Tudor of Romania he couldn’t take the last step to the medal.
There was a lot of industry and effort on the part of both in the first round and neither of them seemed to be a clear winner from the first three minutes. The Harris at the foot of the fleet managed to steal it from the judges’ scorecard, leaving Molloy with plenty to do.
A points deduction for dropping his head almost left the 22-year-old needing a knockout to secure the win before a cut to the eye caused things to deteriorate.
Harris also won the round across the board, meaning the Galway fighter was three points behind in the final stanza.
To his credit, Molloy pushed and tried to force the issue in the last stanza, but Harris’ style makes him the perfect fighter to defend a lead and see a fight.
Ireland still have a medal fight today – Jack Marley fights in the evening session at 6:15 pm.
European U / 22 Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beats Pete Novak (Czech Republic) 5-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) def. Dan Krotter (Germany) 4-1
32 and 16 last
52kg Sean Mari (Ireland) def. Hamza Mahmood (England) 4-1
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Romane Moulan (France) 1-4
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beats Nenad Javanovic (Serbia) 5-0
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Moreno Fendero (France) 0-5
52kg Sean Mari (Ireland) lost to Petre Cosmin (Romania) 0-5
56kg Adam Hession (Ireland) defeated Gabor Virban (Hungary) 5-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) def. Eric Tudor (Romania) 4-1
81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost against Raphael Monny (France) S / O
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) def. Dariusz Lasotta (Germany) RSC3
91kg + Gytis Lisinskas (Ireland) lost to Vincenzo Fiaschetti (Italy) 1-4
Q / Final
60kg Ellie May-Gartland (Ireland) lost to Peige Richardson (England) 0-5
21st of June
Q / Finals
56kg Adam Hession Ireland) to be confirmed
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) vs TBC
69kg Kiern Molloy (Ireland) V to be confirmed
91kg Jck Marley (Ireland) v TBC
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
60kg Ellie May-Gartland (Clonmel)
52kg Sean Mari (Monkstown)
56kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
63kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
81kg Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg Jack Marley (Monkstown
91kg + Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles)
Team leader: Tara Mari
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Damain Kennedy, James Doyle
Physio: David Cooke