Grainne Walsh

Grainne Walsh.

Today’s results and Thursday’s program



Grainne Walsh recorded Ireland’s first win of the 2016 European Elite Championships in spectacular style in Sofia, Bulgaria today.


The Irish welter stopped Serbia’s Marija Petovic in the third round this afternoon in the Bulgarian capital. The Belgrade southpaw took three standing counts in rounds one and three – one after she was dropped by a sweeping right hook – as Walsh piled on the pressure from the opening bell.


Lauren Hogan

Lauren Hogan


The Sparticus BC orthodox will now meet Russia’s Saadat Abdulaeva in the quarter-finals on Sunday with at least a bronze medal up for grabs.

Earlier today, Lauren Hogan lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Pinigiana.

The two-time Russian Elite champion earned a unanimous decision over the Irish light-fly from an up-tempo last-16 four-rounder.

Pinigiana’s greater industry on the day took the verdict, but Hogan founded the target with some big shots throughout the contest, particularly in rounds two and four, a frame she won. Big performance from Hogan against a top class opponent.

Shauna O’Keeffe will be in action tomorrow versus Poland in the lightweight class.



European Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria
(Last 16 bouts unless stated)
November 15th
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 0-3
November 16th
48kg Lauren Hogan (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Pinigiana (Russia) 0-3
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Marija Petovic (Serbia) TKO3
November 17th
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)
November 18th
57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) v Sara Beram (Croatia)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Aleksandra Ordina (Russia)
November 20th
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Saadat Abdulaeva (Russia)
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Oksana Trofimova (Russia)
Irish Squad
48kg Lauren Hogan (St.Brigids Edenderry)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
57kg Moira McElliggot (St Michael’s Athy)
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
Team manager: Noreen Glendening
Physio: Caoimhe Gilmore
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Dmitri Dimitruc
R&J: Sadie Duffy