Team Ireland. led by Paddy Barnes, at Friday's Opening Ceremony

Team Ireland. led by Paddy Barnes, at Friday’s Opening Ceremony

Simplice Fotsala of the Cameron lost to Galal Yafai of Team GB in the opening bout of the Rio Olympics at at the 9,000 capacity Pavilion 6 venue today.

Paddy Barnes will be keeping a close eye on the 49kg duel between Artur Havhannisyan (Armenia) and Samuel Carmona (Spain) at approximately 3.30pm today.The winner meets Barnes in the last 16 on Monday.

Italy’s Carmine Tommasone will bring the curtain down on over 100 years of Olympic boxing heritage this afternoon when he becomes the first professional boxer to compete at the Olympics versus Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado.

Click here for today’s program.

David Oliver Joyce and Stephen Donnelly will be the first Irish boxers in action on Sunday.

286 boxers – 250 men and 36 women – have qualified for the Games.

52 gold, silver and bronze medals are up for grabs in the 13 – 10 for men and 3 for women – weight classes.

Irish Draw Rio Olympics

August 7th (last 32)

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Andrique Allisop (Seychelles)

69kg Stephen Donnelly (Ireland) v Zahir Kedache (Algeria)

August 8th (last 16)

49kg Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Artur Havhannisyan (Armenia) or Samuel Carmona (Spain)

August 10th (last 16)

81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Serge Michel (Germany) or Andrea Mina (Ecuador)

August 12th (last 16)

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Uziel Rodriquez (Mexico) or Waheed Karawi (Iraq)

August 13th (last 32)

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan)

August 14th (last 16)

56kg Michael Conlan (Ireland) v Aram Avagyan (Armenia) or Arashi Mariska (Japan)

August 15th (Q/Finals)

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Mira Potkonen (Finland) or Adriana Araujo (Brazil)


Irish squad

60kg (Lightweight) – Katie Taylor (Bray)

49kg (Light-flyweight) – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52kg (Flyweight) – Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
56kg (Bantamweight) – Michael Conlan (Clonard)
60kg (Lightweight) – David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy & AIBA Pro Boxing)
69kg (Welterweight) – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg (Middleweight) – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
81kg (Light-heavyweight) – Joe Ward (Moate & AIBA Pro Boxing)

Team Manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, John Conlan
Physio: Julianne Ryan
Sport Psychologist: Gerry Hussey