Draws: 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament.

The draws have taken place for the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament and have thrown up some mouth-watering contests for Team Ireland athletes.

261 boxers from 28 federations will contest the tournament, hosted in Sofia by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation. Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tukey, Turkey and Uzbekistan have all fielded teams.

No Irish boxer is in action on the opening day of the tournament, Sunday. However, four women begin their campaigns on Monday, all at the preliminaries stage.

54kg Niamh Fay opens Ireland’s account at the competition, contesting against India’s Preeti Preeti, who has qualified for Paris, in the afternoon session (Bout 37). Two of Ireland’s Paris qualified boxers are in action in the same session – 57kg Michaela Walsh takes on Tajikistan’s Mijgona Samadova (Bout 29), and 75kg Aoife O’Rourke meets India’s Lovlina Borgohain (Bout 32) – a world champion who has also qualified for Paris. In Monday’s evening session, 66kg Lisa O’Rourke steps between the ropes for the first time since winning gold at Leszek Drogosz in Poland – against Thailand’s Janjaema Suwannapheng (Bout 48kg)

On Tuesday, Paris qualified 63.5kg Dean Clancy, 57kg Adam Hession and 92+kg Martin McDonagh will all box in the afternoon session. Dean contests against Uzbekistan’s Adkhamjon Mukhiddinov (Bout 75), Adam makes in debut against Mongolia’s Karkhuu Enkh-Aman (Bout 59) and Martin meets Ukraine’s Andrii Khaletskyi in Bout 80

On Wednesday, 51kg Rickey Nesbitt is in action – he contests against Uzbekistan’s ALILOV Asilbek Jalilov in Bout 95, an afternoon session contest. Clubmate, 71kg Eugene McKeever, in between the ropes in Bout 96, against Moldova’s Davron Bozorov.

Paris-qualified heavyweight Jack Marley has the longest wait to begin his campaign – he won’t box until Thursday’s evening session, at the quarter finals stage. He’ll meet Uzbekistan’s Madiyar Saydrakhimov in Bout 140.

Afternoon sessions at Strandja begin at 1pm, Irish time; evening sessions begin at 3.30pm.

The Buglarian Boxing Federation will stream the tournament live on its YouTube channel – links, per ring and session, will become available on the day of boxing.

Four boxers have been withdrawn through injury – 66kg Amy Broadhurst (ankle), 57kg Dylan Eagleson (hand) and 71kg Dean Walsh (back). 50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo, who travelled to the tournament, will not contest though injury. Kellie Harrington will travel to Assisi for a multi-nations training camp.


50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo*

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin

57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast

66kg Lisa O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

75kg Aoife O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

51kg Rickey Nesbitt, Holy Family BC, Drogheda

57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway

63.5kg Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC, Leitrim

71kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda

92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin, Dublin.

Women’s Draws

Men’s Draws

Competition Schedule