China beat Ireland 6-4 at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight in the third and final meeting between the nations.
But Ireland win out the series 2-1 and 22-12 on aggregate after beating China 9-3 in Waterford on Wednesday night and 9-3 in Wexford last Sunday.
Ryan Lindberg, Eric Donovan, Ken Egan and Conrad Cummings registered victories for Ireland this evening.
Egan recorded a 13-9 win over Fanlong Meng in the light-heavyweight category and said he was happy to return to winning ways at the home of Irish boxing.
The three-rounder was his first bout with a Chinese opponent since he controversially lost the 2008 Olympic final to Xiaoping Zhang in Beijing – and his first bout at the National Stadium since he lost to Joe Ward in last month’s Elite light-heavyweight final.
“I knew I had to go for it in the last round, but I’m pretty happy with the way I pulled things out, ” he said.
“I had two demons to deal with here – my loss to Joe Ward in the final of the championships last month and my loss in the Olympic final the last time I met a Chinese fighter.”
Donovan, a bronze medal winner at the 2010 European Championships, recorded the most impressive win of the night for Ireland – a 14-6 verdict over Quiang Lio, but his St Michael’s Athy team-mate Roy Sheehan lost out to Qiong Maimaitituersun.
“I won all three rounds, and I certainly felt like I had him under control. I think I boxed pretty well, and it’s always good to get top level opposition like this,” said Donovan.
Meanwhile, Belfast bantamweight Ryan Lindberg had seven points to spare over Hongliang Zhang, but Ceire Smite dropped a 13-7 decision to Yujie Luo.
Kelly Harrington was named as a late replacement for Katie Taylor, who suffered a tooth infection, and the Corinthinas, Dublin club-woman gave a fine performance despite losing to World number 2 Cheng Dong.
Belfast’s Conrad Cummings was in top form, a 13-7 win over Jainting Zhang winning out the middleweight duel.
Stephen Ward was disqualified in round three versus Maimaiti Zaifula.
Zhilei Zhang, who claimed silver at the Beijing Olympics, recorded a comprehensive 24-2 win over Cathal McMonagle in the final bout of the evening.
Ireland v China National Stadium Dublin March 25th
52Kg; Gary Molloy (Moate) lost to Yong Chang (China) 10-11
56Kg; Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) beatHongliang Zhang (China) 12-5
51Kg; Ciere Smith (Cavan) lost to Yujie Luo (China) 7-13
60Kg: Eric Donovan (St Michaels Athy) beat Quiang Lio (China) 14-6
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michaels Athy) lost to Qiong Maimaitituersun (China) 8-11
60Kg Kelly Harrington (Corinthians) lost to Cheng Dong (China) 7-12
75Kg: Conrad Cummings (Holy Trinity) beat Jainting Zhang (China) 13-7
81Kg; Kenneth Egan (Neilstown) beat Fanlong Meng (China) 13-9
75Kg; Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) lost to Dongmel Wang (China) W/O
91Kg; Stephen Ward (Monkstown) lost to Maimaiti Zaifula (China) DISQ 3
91Kg+: Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity) lost to Zhilei Zhang (China) 2-24
Ireland vs. China Dungarvan Sports Centre Waterford March 23rd
52Kg: Chris Phelan (Ryston) beat Yong Chang (China) 9-2
75Kg: Patricia Roddy (Bray) lost to Dongmei Wang (China) 2-6
81Kg: David Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Fanlong Meng (China) 3-1
51Kg: Lynn NcEnery (St Paul’s) beat Yujie Luo (China) 6-5
91+Kg: Chris Devanney (Ballincarrow) lost to Zhilei Zhang (China) 3-10
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Bray) beat Qiong Maimaitituersun (China) 6-6, c/b 16-12
56Kg: Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family GG) beat Hongliang Zhang (China) 1-1,c/b 3-2
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Qiang Luo (China) 3-3, c/b 8-5 64Kg:
Craig McCarthy (St Paul’s) beat Richabilige Hu (China) RTD 3
75Kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley) beat Jianting Zhang (China) 3-2
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Cheng Dong (China) 11-0
91Kg: John Sweeney (Dungloe) lost to Maimaiti Zaifula (China) RTD3
Ireland v China Brandon Hotel New Ross, Wexford March 20th
52Kg: Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) beat Yong Chang (China) 15-4
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Mary’s) beat Qiang Luo (China) 2-0
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) beat Fanlong Meng (China) 9-2
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala) beat Yujie Luo (China) 3-1
91Kg+:Sean Turner (Drimnagh) lost to Zhilei Zhang (China) 5-5, c/b 10-10, 1-4
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Hongliang Zhang (China) 7-1
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) beat Dongmel Wang (China) 5-2
69Kg: Karl Brabazon (St Saviours) lost to Qiong Maimaitituersun (China) 3-10
64Kg: Niall Murray (Gorey) lost to Richabilige Hu (China) 3-6
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Jianting Zhang (China) 5-2
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Cheng Dong (China) 6-2
91Kg: Patrick Corcoran (Olympic) beat Maimaiti Zaifula (China) 7-4