Boxing – Defeat for McLaughlin & McMonagle at Europeans

Donegal fighters Willie Mc Laughlin and Cathal Mc Monagle suffered defeat at the European Championships in Turkey this week. Mc Laughlin lost out in his quest to secure at least a bronze medal going down to a Georgian opponent on Tuesday. The Illies Golden Gloves man went down 28-21 in a cracking duel which was one of the matches of the tournament. McLaughlin booked his place in the quarter finals of the welterweights with two wins over the weekend. He won 12-8 on Saturday against a fighter from Holland and then on Sunday he beat a Croatian 20-14.

Letterkenny’s Cathal Mc Monagle who fights out of Holy Trinity in Belfast reached the last 16 of the super heavyweight division. On Saturday in his opening fight Cathal won a dramatic 75-74 countback against a fighter from Bosnia and Herzegovina following a 15 points draw. McMonagle’s tournament would come to an end on Monday when he suffered defeat at the hands of Anthony Joshua of England losing 22-18.