Brendan Irvine claims silver following battling defeat in Baku

BoxingBy Sean McGoldrick
Brendan Irvine
Brendan Irvine

Nineteen year old Brendan Irvine has suffering an agonizing loss in the light flyweight final at the European Games in Baku.

The St Paul’s boxer turned in a terrific performance against Russian opponent Bator Sagaluev but just failed to get the nod.

He lost on a split 2:1 but it was astonishingly close. Essentially the damage was done in the first round which Irvine lost 10-9 on all three judges’ cards.

The teenager began to get to grips with his experienced opponent in round 2 and got the verdict on one judge’s card.

He still faced an uphill struggled in the final stanza to reverse the result. But he did everything that was humanly possible and unusually won the round on all three judges’ cards.

But overall it wasn’t enough to give him the gold medal as he lost 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

Despite the defeat it has been an astonishing journey for Irvine.

Apart from winning the silver medal he has qualified for the World boxing championships in Doha later this year.

His success in the 49kg weight division means that Ireland now has two world rated light flyweights as double Olympic bronze medallist has already qualified for next year’s Games in Rio in this weight division.