LIMERICK featherweight Edward Donovan claimed gold at the European Junior Championships in Hungary at the weekend.
The Our Lady of Lourdes Boxing Club ace beat durable Moldovan southpaw Ursa Constantin over three rounds on a unanimous decision in the 57kg decider last Saturday.
Donovan won five fights, including one victory over Hungary’s local favourite Milan Orsos, in six days en route to gold. Four of his victories, including the final, were on unanimous decisions.
His toughest outing was in the last-four versus France’s Jeremy Dupetitmagneux, a bout which finished on a split verdict to the Shannonsider.
Donovan’s gold, combined with two silver and one bronze medal wins for his Irish team-mates Terry Donoghue, Jack Conroy and Martin McDonagh, helped Ireland finish in third spot in the medals table at the 34-nation tournament.
Russia, England and Ireland, in that order, commanded in the top three positions.
“We always felt that the Moldovan was going to be a difficult task in the final and so he proved to be, but Edward handled him brilliantly, said Irish coach Billy McClean.
“It was brilliant performance considering he came through a really tough test against the French lad in the semi-finals twenty four hours earlier. Edward won five fights inside a week and he was outstanding in Hungary.
“We are very proud of his performances and the performances of our entire squad against some of the best in the world in this age group.”
Ireland used a 13-strong squad of current Irish champions in Hungary.
Donovan’s route to gold
57kg – Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Deievdas Bogbanovicus (Lithuania) 3-0
57kg – Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Terteryan Semastian (Denmark) 3-0
57kg – Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Milan Orsos (Hungary) 3-0
57kg – Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Jeremy Dupetitmagneux (France) 2-1
57kg – Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Ursa Constantin (Moldova) 3-0