Two wins for Ireland on the opening day of the 1st Olympic World Qualifier.

Ireland recorded two wins from three bouts on the first day of action at the 1st Olympic World Qualifier.

51kg Sean Mari, 92+kg Martin McDonagh and 50kg Daina Moorehouse were all in action today.

Martin McDonagh, who claimed three domestic titles in a 10 month period last year, is in action in Bout 12 of Ring A’s afternoon session, against the Dominican Republic’s Fernely Ali Feliz.

51kg Sean Mari, a 2023 European Games veteran, took on Romania’s Petre Cosmin Girleanu. The Tokyo Olympian turned pro in November 2022, and re-located to Mexico. He has 4 pro wins under his belt, most recently against Andre Rodriguez in February. Judges were split, 4-1, on the bout in favour of Girleanu. The final score was 30: 27; 28:29; 30:27; 30:27; 30:27.

Martin McDonagh, who claimed three domestic titles in a 10 month period last year, was in action in Bout 12 of Ring A’s afternoon session, against the Dominican Republic’s Fernely Ali Feliz. Feliz is a 5 time US champion, and, until declaring for the Dominican Republic recently, trained with the US National Team. Martin recorded a statement win, establishing a dominant leading hand jab from the off. Martin was the 4-1 victor on a scorecard of 30:27; 29:28; 29:28; 27:30; 29:28.

He next meets Turkey’s Yusuf Acik in the Afternoon Session on March 6th.

Head Coach, Zauri Antia, shared his assessment of the first session:

In the evening session, 50kg Daina Moorehouse, a quarter finalist in the European Games, took on World silver medalist, Vietnam’s Thi Tam Nguyen in Bout 4 in Ring B.

Daina controlled the bout from the first bell, counter-acting the height and long reach of her opponent with her ringcraft, punch-picking and speepd-power.

Daina dominated every round, winning each 5-0. The judges scored the bout 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30. She is back in action in the Round of 32 on Thursday, against Tayoni Cedeno of Venezuela

602 boxers from 113 countries have registered to contest the tournament – making it the third largest boxing tournament in history. As a result, the beginning of boxing has been brought forward by a day, to March 3rd. Three sessions of boxing will take place March 4th to 8th to accommodate the volume of competition required.

49 quota places are available. In all weights Ireland is contesting at the tournament, a last four finish will qualify for Paris. The Paris Boxing Taskforce, which is running the competition on behalf of the International Olympic Committee, has advised that boxers will box to quota – which means boxers will cease competing at the Quarter Finals stage where last 4 qualify.

Day Two – March 4th

54kg Jennifer Lehane, who contested the 2023 European Games, meets France’s Romane Moulai in the opening bout of Ring A’s morning session.

80kg Kelyn Cassidy takes on Greece’s Michail Tsamalidis in Bout 8 of Ring B’s morning session.

In the evening session in Ring A, 57kg Jude Gallagher meets Algeria’s Hichem Maouche, in Bout 7.

There is no afternoon session on Monday.

Programme

Session Times

The morning session begins at 10am, Irish time

The afternoon session begins at 2.30pm, Irish time

The evening session may begin at either 6pm or 7pm Irish time, see below.

There is no afternoon session on March 4th.

Tournament Schedule

Watch live

Olympics.com will stream all of the bouts, from March 8th, onward. It will not stream boxing from March 3rd to 7th.

Team

1st Olympic World Qualifier Team:

50kg Daina Moorehouse, Enniskerry BC, Wicklow

54kg Jennifer Lehane, DCU Boxing Club, Dublin

66kg Grainne Walsh, St. Mary’s BC, Tallaght, Dublin

51kg Sean Mari, Monkstown BC, Dublin

57kg Jude Gallagher, Two Castles ABC, Tyrone

71kg Aidan Walsh, Holy Family GG BC, Belfast

80kg Kelyn Cassidy, Saviours Crystal, Waterford

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin BC, Dublin

Results

All drawsheets are available here

Session 1A results

Session 1B results

Session 2A

Session 2B