European Elite champion Kurt Walker


Ireland’s seven-strong arrived in Ekaterinburg, Russia last night ahead of the start of the 20th World Men’s Elite Championships on Monday.

Speaking from Ekaterinburg, Bernard Dunne, IABA High-Performance Director, said the team will have their first training session at 5pm local time today.

The squad finished their final training camp at the German Olympic Centre in Kienbaum in mid-week. Team Ireland trained with the host nation, Cuba and Netherlands in Kienbaum.



Meanwhile, the draw for the World Championships will be made on Sunday with boxing commencing Monday.

Approximately 450 athletes from 87 countries will compete at the Ekaterinburg EXPO Arena.

Competition Schedule

(Local times apply. Ekaterinburg is four hours ahead of Ireland)

September 8 – Official draw (16:00-17:00)

Opening ceremony (18:00-19:45)

September 9/17 – Morning sessions (15:00 – 18:00)

Evening session (19:00 – 22:00)

September 18 – Quarter-finals (15:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 – 22:00

September 19 – Rest day

September 20 – Semi-finals (15:00 – 18:00) & 19:00 – 22:00

September 21 – Finals (15:00 – 19:00)


Irish squad

52kg: Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
57kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg: Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg: Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

High-Performnce Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: John Conlan and Eoin Pluck