Eight Irish boxers are in action on the opening day of the 71st Strandja multi-nations in Sofia, Bulgaria tomorrow.

Boxing begins at 9am (Irish time) tomorrow morning and a further two sessions will be decided on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Galway super-heavy Antione O’Griofa is in against Italy’s former World champion Clemente Russo and Michaela Walsh meets Gutierrez Guadaloupe of the USA in the joint first bout of the tournament.

Kellie Harrington faces Poland’s Aneta Rygielska on Wednesday and Amy Broadhurst boxes Finland’s Mira Potkonen.

Ireland is doubling up in six weights in Sofia.

Please see below attachment for Tuesday’s schedule.


Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia, Bulgaria January 20/25

January 21st

Last 32 and 16

52kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Johanna Wonyou (France)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Gutierrez Guadaloupe (USA)
63kg George Bates (Ireland) v Lounes Hamraoui (France)
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Beatriz Soares (Brazil)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Love Holgersson (Sweden)
81kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) v Stepan Hrekisl (Ukraine)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland v Victor Schelstraette (Belgium)
91+kg Antione O Griofa (Ireland) v Clemente Russo (Italy)

January 22

Last 16

51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) v Olena Savchuk (Italy) or Maria Gonzalez (Spain)
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Carlos Rocha (Brazil)
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 Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Paolo Di Lernia (Italy)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Johnson Delante (USA) or Vincenzo Mangiacapre (Italy)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Sing Negi (India) or Mateuusz Polski (Poland)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Herbert Souza (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

R&J: Jim Murran