Rio 2016 Olympian Brendan Irvine and Tipperary super-heavy Dean Gardiner open Ireland’s Bosckai Memorial campaign versus Botswana and Austria in Debrecen today.

Schedule Day 1

Antrim flyweight Irvine is in against Mohammed Rajab and Gardiner meets Alexsandar Mraovic in the last 32 of the tournament.

Galway middleweight Gabriel Dossen received a bye into the last 16 and meets Norway’s Mindougas Gedminas tomorrow.

Jude Gallagher did not travel with the Irish team because of injury.

Boxing begins at 2pm (Irish time) today.

157 male boxers and 62 female athletes are competing at the 64th edition of the tournament.

Bosckai Memorial Debrecen, Hungary

February 3

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Mohammed Rajab (Botswana)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Alexsandar Mraovic (Austria)

February 4

Last 16

75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Mindougas Gedminas (Norway)


Irish squad


52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Coaches: Eoin Pluck & Michael Mongan

Physio: David Cooke