Team Ireland are en route to Germany this morning ahead of the start of the World Elite Men’s Championships on Friday.


85 nations will compete in Hamburg at the 19th edition of the tournament since Havana 1974.


Brendan Irvine, Kurt Walker, Sean McComb, Joe Ward and Dean Gardiner qualified to represent Ireland in Hamburg from June’s European Championships in the Ukraine.


Three-time European Elite champion Ward is Irish team captain.


“The squad have come through a tough qualifier (Europeans) and finished in fourth place in the medals table in doing so. They all have plenty of international experience,” said Bernard Dunne, IABA High-Performance Director and Team Manager in Germany.


Walker and McComb could be in action Friday as the bantamweights and light-welterweights are between the ropes on Day 1, according to the schedule.


The finals will be decided on September 2. Irish boxing has reached the middleweight, bantamweight and light-heavyweight finals at the last two World Championships in Kazakhstan and Qatar, courtesy of Jason Quigley (silver), Michael Conlan (gold) and Joe Ward (silver).


The trio are the only Irish male boxers to reach an AIBA World Elite final.


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Irish Squad: World Elite Men’s Championships Hamburg, Germany August 25th/September 2nd

52kg Brendan Irvine  (St Paul’s)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
64kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
81kg Joe Ward (Moate) cpt
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager/High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan and Dmitry Dimitruc
Doctor: Jim Clover
Physio: Seamus Caffrey
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton
R&J: Ben McGarrigle