Joe Ward on top of the podium in Kharkiv in Saturday


Team Ireland arrived home from the European Championships in the Kharkiv,Ukraine late last night via Dublin Airport.


Joe Ward, Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker claimed gold and double bronze at the tournament.


Team Ireland’s nine-strong squad, which also included Sean McComb, Darren O’Neill, Dean Gardiner, Pat Mongan, Emmet Brennan and Steven Donnelly, finished 4th in tne medals table and 4th in the rankings table in the Ukraine.


High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne and head coach Zaur Antia in the Ukraine. Both men helped steer Irish boxing to another top five finish in the medals table at the European Championships


Boxing2017 – EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships Medal Standings

Boxing2017 – EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships Team Rankings


The 42nd edition of Europeans also acted as a qualifier for the 19th World Championships which begin in Hamburg, Germany on  August 25th.


Ward, Irvine, Walker and McComb qualified for Germany in Kharkiv.


The qualification process for the World Championships is now almost complete following Kharkiv and the African qualifiers in Brazzaville, Congo this weekend.


The final qualifiers (Oceania) begin in Australia’s Gold Coast tomorrow.


280 boxers will compete at the World Championships.260 of those places are earned through the qualification process.10 places go to the host nation and there are 10 wild cards.


Meanwhile, Irish boxing has claimed 14 gold medals at the Men’s and Women’s European Championships this century. Katie Taylor (6) and Joe Ward (3) lead the way with nine between them.


Paddy Barnes, Ray Moylette, John Joe Nevin, Jason Quigley and Michael Conlan have won one gold each. Barnes, Taylor, Moylette, Quigley, Nevin and Conlan have since switched codes.



European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th

June 16th

(Last 32)

64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) 5-0

June 17th:

Last 32

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat SeverianeChildaze (Georgia) 5-0
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) lost to Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) 0-5

June 18th

Last 32

60kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) lost to Artur Bril (Germany) 0-5
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) 3-2

June 19th

Last 16

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey) 5-0
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia) 3-2
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine) TKO2

June 20th

Last 16

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Tayfur Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 4-1
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan) 0-5
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Matus Strnisko (Slovakia) 5-0
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine) 1-4

June 21st


52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Gabriel Escobar (Spain) 5-0
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Raffaele Di Serio (Italy) 3-1
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) lost to Luke McCormack (England) 2-3
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Sean Lazzerini (Scotland) 5-0

June 23rd


52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Niall Dean Farrell (England) 0-5
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Mykola Butsenko (Ukraine) 0-5
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Valentino Manfredonia (Italy) 5-0

June 24th


81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (Russia) 5-0

Irish squad

52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls) (Bronze)

56kg – Bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal) (Bronze)

60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)

64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)

69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)

75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)

81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate) (Gold)

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

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

High-Performance Director/Head of Delegation: Bernard Dunne

Head Coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne, Eoin Pluck

Physio: Seamus Caffrey

Doctor: Jim Clover

Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary

Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton