first_imgDonegal welterweight Willie McLaughlin lost out in his quest to secure at least a bronze medal at the European Championships following a reversal to Zaal Kvachatadze of Georgia in Ankara, Turkey this afternoon.A cracking 69Kg duel saw Kvachatadze claim the first round 5-6 and take a 18-15 lead into the third en route to a 28-21 decision.Earlier, Belfast flyweight Michael Conlon lost out to 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vincenzo Picardi. The experienced Italian, a bronze medal winner at the 2007 AIBA World Championships and 2010 European Championships, was handed a 26-20 decision over the 19-year-old, who was competing in just his 9th senior international in Ankara.“Michael was in against a very experienced opponent and he gave it 110% and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. This is his first major international tournament and he has a big future in the sport”, said IABA Director of Boxing Dominic O’Rourke.Ray Moylette and John Joe Nevin both experienced mixed fortunes versus Russian opponents – and both by one point margins.Moylette, a gold medal winner at the 2008 AIBA World Youth Championships in Mexico, guaranteed himself at least bronze after coming from behind to beat Maksim Ignatiev 14-13 in the light-welterweight class. But Nevin lost 13-12 to former European Junior champion Dmitry Polyanskiy at bantamweight.Irish team captain Darren O’Neill, a silver medal winner at the 2010 European Championships,  is also out after dropping a 17-10 decision to Dmytro Mytrofanov of the Ukraine in the middleweight category.Moylette, who boxes out of the St Anne’s BC in Westport,  was 6-3 and 10-9 down after the first two rounds but produced a fantastic third frame to seal victory.He’ll now meet Hajiliyev Heybatulla of Azerbaijan in Thursday’s 64Kg semi-final.BREAKING NEWS: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN BOWS OUT OF EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: June 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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