Team Ireland are in Italy ahead of the start of the European U/ 22 Championships.

The first Continental event of the year begins in Roseto degli Abruzzi on Thursday.

The Championships will be the biggest ever European U/22s as 41 nations and over 300 male and female boxers have entered.

The first edition of the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships was held in Kaliningrad, Russia in 2012. After five years of a break, Braila hosted the second edition in 2017, which was followed by another Romanian venue, Targu Jiu in 2018. Russia’s Vladikavkaz hosted the last edition in March 2019 where the host country dominated the competition.

Ireland are using a ten strong squad at the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Irish squad

51kg Niamh Earley (Rystin)
60kg Ellie May-Gartland (Clonmel)
52kg Sean Mari (Monkstown)
56kg Adam Hessian (Monivea)
63kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
81kg Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg Jack Marley (Monkstown
91kg+ Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles)

Team Manager: Tara Mari
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Damain Kennedy, James Doyle
Physio: David Cooke