Gabriel Dossen guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the European Championships


Middleweight Gabriel Dossen is assured of a bronze medal at the European Championships in Yerevan, Armenia, after advancing to Sunday’s semi-finals. He fashioned a 4-1 decision win over Norway’s Mindaugas Gedminas.

it’s a decisive win for the 22-year-old who fights at Olympic BC in Galway. He won back-to-back European Youth bronze medals in 2016 and 2017 and won his first Irish top flight title two years later.

He missed qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee injury. Achieving a place on the podium secures him €25,000 funding from Sport Ireland.

But at the moment, there is no middleweight category in the provisional program of the Paris 2004 Olympic tournament, which means that he would have to compete in either the 71 kg category or the 80 kg category.

Her win today caps a remarkable ten days for Olympic BC as newly crowned light middleweight world champion Lisa O’Rourke is also a member of the club.

Dossen’s faster hands were key to his triumph in an all-left-handed contest. The Norwegian’s fate was sealed before he was forced to score in the last lap.

In a sporting gesture, the Irish fighter sat on the bottom rope in order to let his opponent leave the ring first. He is now focused on transforming the bronze medal into at least a silver medal.

But there was no medal joy for the other three Irish fighters in action in the morning session.

Minimumweight Ricky Mari lost in a 5-0 unanimous decision to Bulgarian U-22 European bronze medalist Ergyuna Sebahtin, while bantamweight Sean Mari lost in a 4-1 split decision to England’s Kiaran MacDonald .

Lightweight JP Hale also lost in a 4-1 split decision to Georgian Artyursh.

Later this afternoon, Dylan Eagleson will face Spaniard Gabriel Escobar Mascunano in the bantamweight quarterfinals.

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