Dean Gardiner

Dean Gardiner

Darren O’Neill, Dean Gardiner and Sean McComb will fly the flag for Ireland in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in the 2017 season.

The Kilkenny, Tipperary and Belfast  trio were signed by Venezuela and the British Lionhearts in yesterday’s international foreign boxers draft at AIBA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

WSB teams are required under the rules to have a certain percentage of foreign boxers in their sides.

O’Neill could line out for Venezuela, who he boxed for last season, on February 3rd versus Cuba in Cuba and McComb and Gardiner  for the Lionhearts away to Italia Thunder on February 10th.

“This will be my (WSB) debut and I’m happy enough with the draw close to home,” said European Games bronze medallist McComb.

Gardiner signed with Puerto Rico in the WSB last season and fought for Mexico the season prior to that.

Ireland’s boxers have competed in every season of the WSB since its launch in 2010.

Click here for the schedule for the new WSB season.