The European Boxing Confederation have confirmed that the European Elite Women’s Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria will act as a qualifier for the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.

Ireland have named a three-strong squad for Sofia. Current EU gold, silver and bronze medallist Michaela Walsh, Kellie Harrington and Grainne Walsh, pictured, line out for Ireland at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.

150 boxers from 33 nations have registered for the tournament which begins Tuesday in the Bulgarian capital.

The top ten athletes in flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight classes in Sofia qualify for Minsk.

Meanwhile, Team Ireland leave for Sofia today.

Irish boxing has won 22 medals – six of which are gold – in men’s and women’s European U/22.Youth and Schoolboy/girl tournaments in an impressive start to 2018 so far.

Seeding will be in operation in Sofia.

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.

European Women’s Elite Championships Sofia, Bulgaria

Irish squad

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)

60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s)

69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

Team Manager: Bernard Dunne

Head Coach: Zaur Antia

Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk

Physio: Muireann Harte