Schools Euros 2022: England seal records Schools haul of 18 medals

August 17, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


Record-breaking Team England guaranteed themselves a sensational 18 medals from 21 competing boxers after winning all six day six quarter-finals at the EUBC Schools European Championships in Erzurum, Turkey.

The Three Lions started the day with 12 medals already in the bag, and they quickly began to add to that tally as Under 42kg contender George Francis beat Slovakia’s Kristan Harasnik by a unanimous decision, as did Under 44kg boxer George Ralph (pictured below) when he came up against Scotland’s Aron Sarwar.

Noah Barney-Smith, against Arsen Darbinyan of Armenia at Under 48kg, and Tom Connors, against Angelos Karaitis of Greece at Under 52kg, carried on the trend as both earned clean sweeps of judges’ verdicts too.

Those successes were replicated in the evening session as John Boy Hodgkins stopped Szabolcs Horvath of Hungary at Under 57kg and Johnny Crittenden, (pictured below) boxing at Under 63kg, impressively disposed of Gela Gagnidze of Georgia, further making it a day to remember.

There were also two semi-final bouts involving England boxers, with Tobias Taylor booking his final place after overcoming Georgia’s Zurab Oboladze by a unanimous margin.

The only disappointment of the day – and only defeat – came in the Three Lions’ other semi-final where Tony McCarthy was edged out on a 3-2 split after a hard battle against Ukranian Ivan Bezuhlyi.

No less than 15 England boxers will be in action tomorrow, making it by far the busiest day for the team so far.

Day seven bouts

The sessions start at 1.30pm (11.30am UK time) and 5.30pm (3.30pm UK time).

Afternoon session

Bout 4: Under 40kg – Nisa Gursoy (Turkey) v Layla Straughan.

Bout 6: Under 42kg – Sofia Liahotska (Ukraine) v Serena Mali.

Bout 11: Under 46kg – Uliana Ovsepian (Ukraine) v Ruby Cuthbertson.

Bout 13: Under 48kg – Eda Ilhan (Turkey) v Ruby Took.

Bout 14: Under 51kg Rosanna Bycroft v Oliwia Wasiakowska (Poland).

Bout 18: Under 57kg – Busenur Yazan (Turkey) v Rihanna Holden.

Bout 21: Under 66kg – Agata Stajcer (Croatia) v Lexie Walker.

Evening session

Bout 5: Under 40kg – Fleseriu Alexandru (Romania) v Harry Scadeng.

Bout 7: Under 42kg – George Francis v Konstanioudis Nearchos-Petros (Greece).

Bout 9: Under 44kg – George Ralph v Subhan Babayev (Azerbaijan).

Bout 13: Under 48kg – Noah Barney-Smith v Valdimir Davidov (Bulgaria).

Bout 18: Under 52kg – Tom Connors v Dzhan Ahmedov (Bulgaria).

Bout 20: Under 54kg – Patryk Dudek (Poland) v Isaac Huczmann.

Bout 21: Under 57kg – Vasilije Djudjevic (Serbia) v John Boy Hodgkins.

Bout 24: Under 63kg – Johnny Crittenden v Demeter Fedir (Ukraine).