Schools Euros 2022: All five England boxers advance on day two in Turkey

August 13, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


It was a perfect five out of five victories for Team England on the second day of the EUBC Schools European Championships in Turkey.

Before boxing started, it was confirmed that Paddy McDonagh, boxing at Under 50kg would progress without getting in the ring after his opponent from Bosnia and Herzegovina was withdrawn.

The White Hart Lane boxer will now face Ireland’s Brandon Geoghegan, who came through against Poland’s Jakub Marcinow.

McDonagh was soon joined in progressing as Under 51kg contender Rosanna Bycroft, who stopped Bulgarian Kameliya Zhelyakova in the second round to earn high fives from coach Amanda Coulson.

Lexie Walker, at Under 60kg, was next to go for the Three Lions and she was an equally impressive winner over Ireland’s Cassie Henderson, earning a well-deserved unanimous victory.

The afternoon session saw two boys in action with first Under 42kg boxer George Francis returning for his second bout in as many days.

And it brought exactly the same outcome – a unanimous win – this time over Aexerbaijan’s Ali Baghishov.

The final boxer to go for England was John Boy Hodgkins at Under 57kg and he put in an assured display to win through unanimously against Salman Toprak from host nation Turkey.

Tomorrow will be a busy day of action for the Three Lions, with no less than eight boxers in action.

Day three bouts

The afternoon session starts at 2pm (12noon UK time) and 6pm (4pm UK time).

Afternoon session

Bout 3: Under 40kg – Ani Mkitaryan (Armenia) v Layla Straughan.

Bout 7: Under 42kg – Serena Mali v Dzsenifer Horvath (Hungary).

Bout 13: Under 44kg – Lauren Crinnion (Ireland) v Jaya Kalsi.

Bout 17: Under 46kg –  Ruby Cuthbertson boxes Nino Bekauri (Georgia).

Bout 21: Under 48kg – Mary Furlong (Ireland) v Ruby Took.

Evening session

Bout 1: Under 51kg – Rosanna Bycroft v Alp Ecrin (Turkey).

Bout 10: Under 57kg – Rihanna Holden v Luka Vitkute (Lithuania).

Bout 16: Under 40kg – Tomasso Orlando (Italy) v Harry Scadeng.