Emmet Brennan will be on the plane to Tokyo.

The Dublin light-heavy booked his ticket after beating Sweden’s Liridon Nuha in box-off for an Olympic place tonight.

A tense battle saw Brennan prevail despite receiving a harsh public warning for holding against an opponent who hit on and after the break three times.

Brennan started the brighter and lashed home two hooks in the opening seconds of this encounter but Nuha replied with shots of his own in a round the Dubliner won 4-1.

The second round was close, Brennan winning 3-2 to set up an exciting final three minutes.

Brennan received a pubic warning in the third but ultimately it had no bearing on the final outcome, a deserved victory for the Irishman.

“I’ve actually been not as nervous as I should have been, the last hour I was just taking it as a normal fight, and trying to get into my head: ‘I just have to get a win, it’s only 9 minutes away, said Brennan.

“There was no point in dwelling on a loss, when I had to get ready for the biggest fight of my life. It was last chance, so I had no choice but to throw that out of the way.

“There are no egos on the team, everyone works together, we have a strong squad, we have a strong backroom staff, and we’re all just working together. Zero egos, and that makes for a happier dressing room, and makes for better training across the board.

“The plan is to get a medal. I’m going to give it everything I have, I quit boxing and only came back four or five years ago. The goal was to get to the Olympics. Now it’s to push on and try to get a medal, I’m going to give it everything I have.”

European Olympic Qualifiers Paris, France

June 7th

Box off

81kg Emme Brennan beat Liridon Nuhan Sweden) 5-0


75kg Lauren Price (Team GB) beat Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) 5-0
69kg Pat McCormack (Team GB) beat Aidan Walsh (Ireland) 5-0
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Stanimira Petrova (BUlgaria) 3-2
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Yildiz Tsra (Turkey) 5-0

June 6th


57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Stephanie Thour (Sweden) 5-0
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Yevheni Barabandy (Ukraine) 3-2

June 5th

Last 16

63kg George Bates (Ireland) lost to Javid Chalabiyev (Azerbaijan) 2-3
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Emanual Reyes (Spain) 0-5
91+kg Gytis Lisinskas (Ireland) lost to Peter Belberov (BUlgaria) 0-5

Quarter finals
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Elzbieta Wojik (Poland) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Gabriel Escobar (Spain) 0-5
81kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Luka Plantic (Croatia) 0-5
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Maiva Hamaddouche (France) 5-0

June 4

Last 16

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Viktoriya Kebikava (Belarus) 5-0
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Wahid Hambli (France) 4-1
81kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) beat Uke Smajli (Switzerland) 5-0
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Mona Mestian (France) 4-1
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Aneta Rygielska (Poland) 5-0