26 Jun 2022

Offaly boxer secures bronze medal at European U-22 Championships

Offaly boxer secures bronze medal at European U-22 Championships

Paul Loonam

A TALENTED Pullough boxer won a bronze medal at the European U-22 Boxing Championships in Croatia at the weekend.

A member of St Carthage's Boxing Club in Rahan, Paul Loonam took bronze when he had a great win over Italy's Simone Spada in the 60kg lightweight class. Loonam dominated the fight to win with a 5-0 decision.

He had qualified for the quarter-finals with an unanimous decision aganst Hungary's Ruben Romai but his ambitons of a silver medal came up short when he was beaten by Maksym Vlasiuk of Ukraine. Loonam boxed his heart out and was very close in a split 3-2 loss.

It was a successful championships for Irish boxers with a number of their nineteen strong team getting among the medals.

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