Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor


Olympic champion Katie Taylor will be in action at 5pm (Irish time) tomorrow at the European Olympic qualifiers in Samsun, Turkey.


Taylor meets Martina Schmaranzova of the Czech Republic in the first bout on the evening session, which begins at 7pm local time, for a place in the last-eight.


Ceire Smith is the first Irish boxer between the ropes on Monday, followed directly by Christina Desmond. Dean Walsh is also out in the afternoon session.


Brendan Irvine and Dean Gardiner box in the evening session along with Taylor.


Please see below attachment for Monday’s schedule.






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