Thirteen Irish boxers battle it out for places in the last eight of the Strandja multi-nations in Sofia, Bulgaria today.

Day 2 will be resolved over three sessions beginning at 9am (Irish time).

Antrim flyweight Carly McNaul gets proceedings underway versus Spain.

The afternoon session gloves off at 1pm and the evening session starts at 5pm (Irish times).

2018 World Elite champion Kellie Harrington meets Poland’s ex-World Youth gold medallist and European Elite finalist Aneta Rygielska in the lightweight class in the morning session, and Amy  Broadhurst touches gloves with a familiar foe, Finland’s Mira Potkonen, also at lightweight.

Current European champion Kurt Walker is in against Brazilian feather Carlos Rocha for a place in the quarter-finals.

Ireland impressed after recording six wins out of eight outings on the opening day of competition yesterday.

Cick here for Wednesday’s schedule. Local times apply. Sofia is two hours ahead of Ireland.

Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia, Bulgaria January 20/25

January 22

Last 16

51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) v Maria Gonzalez (Spain)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Rabab Cheddar (Morocco)
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Carlos Rocha (Brazil)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Jenifer Fernandez (Spain)
57kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Francesco Maietta (Italy)
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Mira Potkonen (Finland)
63kg George Bates (Ireland) v Shpetin Bajoku (Kosova)
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Paolo Di Lernia (Italy)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Johnson Delante (USA)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Sing Negi (India)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Herbert Souza (Brazil)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Nikolaz Begadze (Georgia)

January 21st

Last 32 and 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Johanna Wonyou (France) 5-0
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Gutierrez Guadaloupe (USA) 3-2
63kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Lounes Hamraoui (France) 3-2
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Beatriz Soares (Brazil) 4-1
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Love Holgersson (Sweden) 5-0
81kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) lost to Stepan Hrekul (Ukraine) 1-4
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Victor Schelstraette (Belgium) 3-2
91+kg Antione O Griofa (Ireland) lost to Clemente Russo (Italy) 0-5

January 23


69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Jones Oshae (USA)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Flavia Figuerdo (Brazil)

Irish squad


51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan) and Carly McNaul (Holy Family)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim)

60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s) and Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)


57kg Kurt Walker (Canal) and Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)

63kg George Bates (St Mary’s) and Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)

69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim) and Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)

75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)

81kg Emmet Brennan (Dublin Docklands)

91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

91kg+ Antoine O’Griofa (Celtic Eagles)


High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dimitruk, JP Kinsella

Physio: Lorcan McGee

Physiologist: Damien Martin