Tough day at the Strandja office for Team Ireland.

It was a tough day of learning and development at Stranda for Team Ireland.

261 boxers from 28 federations will contest the tournament, hosted in Sofia by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation. Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tukey, Turkey and Uzbekistan have all fielded teams.

First up today was 57kg Adam Hession, making his tournament debut against 2016 Olympian and Asian Confederation champ, Mongolia’s Karkhuu Enkh-Aman. This was a tough bout for Adam, in which he put in a brave performance. The decision, 5-0, went to his opponent. The final scorecards: 28:28 *; 27:29; 28:28 *; 28:28 *; 25:29.

Paris-bound 63.5kg Dean Clancy met Uzbekistan’s Adkhamjon Mukhiddinov, a 2022 Asian Confederation lightweight bronze medalist. A boisterous bout, judges found in favour of Mukhiddinov, 5-0. The contest was scored: 30:27; 29:28; 30:27; 30:27; 29:28.

92+kg Martin McDonagh, in his first tournament at this level, met Ukraine’s Andrii Khaletskyi. Martin won’t progress following a 4-1 split decision in favour of his opponent, with the Indian official finding in Martin’s favour: 27:30; 27:30; 30:27; 27:30; 28:29.

Day Four

Two Team Ireland boxers make their debut at the tournament on Wednesday. 51kg Rickey Nesbitt is in action – he contests against Uzbekistan’s Asilbek Jalilov in Bout 4 of Ring B’s afternoon session, Holy Family Drogheda clubmate, 71kg Eugene McKeever, in between the ropes directly thereafter, in Bout 5, against Moldova’s Davron Bozorov.


The Bulgarian Boxing Federation is streaming the tournament on its YouTube Channel – links, per ring and session, become available on the day of boxing. The afternoon session begins at 12pm, Irish time, and the evening session at 2.30pm, Irish time.


50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo*

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin

57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast

66kg Lisa O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

75kg Aoife O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

51kg Rickey Nesbitt, Holy Family BC, Drogheda

57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway

63.5kg Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC, Leitrim

71kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda

92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin, Dublin.

Draws are available here

Day One: Team Ireland didn’t box.

Day Two results are here

Session 9A results

Session 10B results