Approximately 30 nations will compete in the Strandja multi-nations in Bulgaria.

The 71st edition of one of Europe’s oldest tournaments begins next Tuesday in Sofia.

Russia and the USA, who are preparing for the upcoming Americas qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 in Buenos Aires, will be between the ropes.

Team Ireland are doubling up in six weighs – Ceire Smith & Carly McNaul (51kg), Kellie Harrington and Amy Broadhurst (60kg), Kurt Walker and Dean Clancy (57kg), and George Bates and Wayne Kelly (69kg) – in the Bulgarian capital.

Irish boxing is building toward the European qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 which begin in London on March 13.

Fifty nations will compete in the qualifiers, according to reports.

77 Olympics places – 50 for men and 27 for women – will be up for grabs.

The Irish squad leave for Sofia on Monday.

Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia, Bulgaria January 20/25

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