Schools Euros 2022: Five straight wins as England continue excellent form

August 15, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


Team England are now targeting a record 15 medals from the EUBC Schools European Championships 2022 after another superb day of boxing on day four in Erzurum, Turkey.

The Three Lions won all five bouts they contested, booking another four places in semi-final bouts.

Tony McCarthy (pictured above), meanwhile, went one better, as his latest victory ensured him of a semi-final spot and a guaranteed bronze medal.

It means Amanda Coulson’s now have nine guaranteed medals – seven of them the girls who boxed yesterday, plus Leah Paylor, who has a straight final – with 10 boys still to box in their respective last eight bouts.

This latest perfect day for England began with the ideal start in the afternoon session as George Ralph overcame Igor Troyanovsky of Israel at Under 44kg.

Next up, Noah Barney-Smith took to the ring on his 14th birthday and was made to battle before emerging a unanimous Under 48kg victor against Giorgi Kilasonia of Georgia).

McCarthy was next to do the business at the end of the session as he disposed of home nation boxer Cahit Akyuz at Under 60kg and will hope to upgrade his existing medal to a gold one.

The evening session saw Tom Connors make his eagerly-awaited bow in the competition, and he did not disappoint, stopping opponent Marcel Bogdanski of Poland in the first round after bringing about two standing eight counts in quick succession.

That just left Isaac Huczmann to go at Under 54kg and he ensured a clean sweep of triumphs for the day as he saw off Azerbaijan’s Alakbar Ahmadov by a unanimous margin.

England will look to continue their run of success with five more quarter-finals tomorrow.

Day five bouts

The sessions start at 2pm (12noon UK time) and 6pm (4pm UK time).

Afternoon session

Bout 2: Under 40kg – Shalva Beridze (Georgia) v Harry Scadeng.

Bout 16: Under 50kg – Paddy McDonagh v Brandon Geoghegan.

Bout 20: Under 54kg – Isaac Huczmann v Dino Salek (Croatia).

Evening session

Bout 17: Under 80kg – Tobias Taylor v Raffi Khachatryan (Armenia).