Team Ireland in Ukraine


Emmet Brennan advanced to the last 16 of the European Championships in Kharkiv, Ukraine today.

The Dublin middleweight beat Poland’s Bartosz Golebiewski on a split decision in the middleweight class.

The top eight boxers (the quarter-finalists) in Kharkiv qualify for the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany in August/September.

Earlier today, Galway lightweight Pat Mongan was beaten by Germany’s Artur Bril in Kharkiv.Bril earned a unanimous decision over the Galway southpaw after three tight rounds.

Irish boxing is facing into a crucial day in Kharkiv tomorrow, with Rio Olympian Brendan Irvine, Sean McComb and Dean Gardiner in action in the last-16.

If any of the Irish trio win they’ll qualify for Hamburg.

Irish captain Darren O’Neill and Joe Ward, the current European light-heavy champion, are between the ropes on Tuesday, along with Brennan and Kurt Walker.

Ward is the No. 1 seed in the Ukraine.

Meantime, Sadie Duffy refereed the Germany versus Bulgaria bout in Kharkiv today.

European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th

June 16th

(Last 32)

64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) 5-0

June 17th:

Last 32

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Severiane Childaze (Georgia) 5-0
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) lost to Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) 0-5

June 18th

Last 32

60kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) lost to Artur Bril (Germany) 0-5
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) 3-2

June 19th

Last 16

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey)
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine)

June 20th

Last 16

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Tayfur Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) v Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan)
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Matus Strnisko (Slovakia)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine)

Irish squad

52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)

56kg – Bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal)

60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)

64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)

69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)

75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)

81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate)

91kg – Heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91+kg – Super-heavy – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

High-Performance Director/Head of Delegation: Bernard Dunne

Head Coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne, Eoin Pluck

Physio: Seamus Caffrey

Doctor: Jim Clover

Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary

Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton