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John Donoghue Secures Bronze At World Junior Boxing Championships

The Mullingar teen beat Russia’s Zakhar Bespalov to advance to the lightweight semi-finals

Mullingar’s John Donoghue has secured at least a bronze at the World Junior Boxing Championships in Yerevan.

The 15-year-old beat Russia’s Zakhar Bespalov to advance to the lightweight semi-finals.

Donoghue’s victory followed an IABA statement which criticised the Department of Sport for a lack of communication.

That fight only took place after the IABA waived a boycott of competing against Russian or Belarussian boxers.

Kerry’s Mary McDonagh also guaranteed at least a bronze courtesy of a light-middleweight quarter-final win over Akbota Essimekova of Kazakhstan.

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