Darren O'Neill and Irish head coach Zaur Antia in Baku

Darren O’Neill and Irish head coach Zaur Antia in Baku


Darren O’Neill beat Sweden’s Mustafa El Molla at the Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan tonight.

The Irish heavyweight dominated all three rounds en route to earning a unanimous decision and a ticket into the last 16.

Dean Walsh and Dean Gardiner will be in action tomorrow in the Azeri capital.

Michael O’Reilly and O’Neill are between the ropes on Monday.

Please see below attachments for Sunday’s program and today’s results.




Irish draw Baku Olympic qualifiers

June 18th

(Last 32)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Mustafa El Molla (Sweden) 3-0

June 19th

(Last 32)

64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) v Smetov Ismetov (Bulgaria)

(Last 16)

91kg+ Dean Gardiner v Satish Kumar (India)

June 20th

Last 32

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Vitalia Dandarenka (Belarus)

Last 16
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Wesley Apochi (Nigeria)

Irish Squad

64kg (Light-welter) Dean Walsh (St Josephs/St Ibars)

75kg (Middleweight) Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)

91kg (Heavyweight )Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91kg + (Super-heavy) Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager Joe Hennigan

Coaches: Zaur Antia and Eddie Bolger

Performance Analyst Alan Swanton

Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey