Tournament venue

Tournament venue

Ireland will have a quite day at the office this Sunday as no Irish boxer will be between the ropes at the European Olympic qualifiers in Samsun, Turkey.

But, as team manager Joe Hennigan put it, it will be all system go tomorrow with six of the nine-strong squad competing for places in the quarter-finals.

Olympic champion Katie Taylor opens her campaign versus Martina Schmaranzova of the Czech Republic, who beat Germany’s Tasheena Bugar last night, on Monday.

Cork middleweight Christina Desmond is in against Dutch No. 1 seed Nouchka Fontijan and Brendan Irvine faces Germany’s Hamza Touba.

Taylor, Irvine and Michael O’Reilly, who boxes Tuesday, are the No. 1 seeds in their respective weight classes in Samsun.

Dean Walsh and Dean Gardiner got Ireland off to a winning start yesterday against the Czech Republic and Norway.

Click here for Saturday’s results.

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European Olympic qualifiers Samsun, Turkey

(A & E denotes Afternoon and Evening sessions)

April 9th


64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) beat Erik Agataljan (Czech Republic) 3-0

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Simen Nysater (Norway) 3-0

April 11th

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Virginia Barankas (Hungary) (A)

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Hamza Touba (Germany)

64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) v Lorenzo Sotomayor (Azerbaijan) (A)

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Martina Schmaranzova (Czech Republic) (E)

75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Nouchka Fontijan (Netherlands) (A)

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Mahammadrausl Majidor (Azerbaijan) (E)

April 12th

Last 16

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Otar Eranosyan (Georgia) (A)

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Ilari Kijala (Finland) (A)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Gabriel Richards (Sweden) (E)

Irish squad


51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)


52kg Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)

60kg David Oliver Joyce (AIBA Pro Boxing)

64kg Dean Walsh (St Joesphs/St Ibars)

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Joe Hennigan

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, John Conlan
Physiotherapist: Julianne Ryan
Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Doctor: Jim Clover
Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton