Afanasev’s Olympic Dream Kirrill’ed by talented Spaniard – Irish Boxing


Kirill Afanasev’s Olympic dream is over.

The Smithfield boxer exited the European Olympic Qualifiers in Paris this afternoon as he was whitewashed by the gifted Emmanuel Reyes.

Afanasev wasn’t outclassed or embarrassed however by no means actually regarded like upsetting the Cuban convert who’s being hyped as Spain’s finest boxer for 30-years.

Afanasev traveled to Paris needing two wins to safe qualification and wanted to progress previous the final 16 to have any hope of profiting from a slim again door rankings probability. He fell on the first hurdle and consequently, he can’t pursue both path to Tokyo.

The Workforce Eire heavyweight pressed the motion towards the extremely fancied Spaniard within the first. Reyes regarded comfy on the again foot and did land some good mixtures. All in all, it regarded a good spherical prompting actual suprise when Reyes gained the stanza throughout the board with a 10-8 thrown in for good measure.

Spain’s nice medal hope discovered his rythm within the second and confirmed moments of sophistication. It wasn’t full domination however there was little doubt it was a Reyes spherical, which means Afanasev wanted a knockout going into the ultimate stanza.

The Smithfield BC fighter was filled with effort within the third, urgent ahead and touchdown some clear proper fingers. Nevertheless, a flowing Reyes regarded a degree above and the stoppage wanted by no means regarded on the playing cards. As a outcomes, Afanasev, 29 won’t be going to Tokyo.

The end result means Eire, who have been unbeaten within the opening day, are nonetheless on the lookout for a victory on day 2, as George Bates missed out on Olympic qualification earlier within the afternoon.

Eire have three extra possibilities of getting fighter on the airplane to Tokyo at this time. Aoife O’Rourke, Kellie Harrington and Emmett Brennan might all qualify for the Video games with victory within the night session in Paris.

Gytis Lisinskas versus Peter Belberov of Bulgaria are in final 16 motion would be the final Irish bout earlier than the break.

The night session hosts a mouthwatering conflict between Harrington and reigning IBF world champion Maiva Hamadouche. Emmett Brennan fights Luka Plantic of Croatia, Aoife O’Rourke takes of Elzbieta Wojik of Poland, and two time Olympian Brendan Irvine can be trying to enhance his seeding in his contest.


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