Walsh is 1 win away from booking her ticket to Paris.

Images: Tara Robins Mari

66kg Grainne Walsh is now one win away from securing a quota place at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The Tullamore woman contested against Kenya’s Anyango Friza Asiko, and was dominant from the off, flooring her opponent for a standing count in the first round, and prompting another standing count in the second round. Her hand-speed, throughout, was too much for her opponent, and she claimed victory with a unanimous decision. Head Coach, Zauri Antia, says “Grainne is World Class. She is a great boxer, and showed her speed, power and adaptability today. She was excellent.”

Grainne will box for an Olympic berth on Monday, against Poland’s Aneta Rygielska, following her defeat of Kazakhstan’s Natalya Bogdanova.

Images: Tara Robins Mari

92+kg Martin McDonagh’s extraordinary Olympic Qualifier came to an end today. The Tuam man, having contested the Eindhoven Box Cup last year, had only stepped up to the highest level of competition in February, at Strandja. He turned 21 during the tournament.

Martin met Belarussian born Bahrain boxer, and Olympian, Danis Latypov, in his Round of 16 bout, which followed a Round of 64 victory over a 5-time US Champ, now declared for the Dominican Republic and a Round of 32 victory over Turkey’s

Head Coach, Zauri Antia, says “Martin is a big man, and a big talent. He has performed exceptionally well in this tournament and lost by the narrowest of margins today. He, his family and his club have much to be proud of. Martin showed his true potential here in Busto Arsizio”

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 Eight – March 10th

3 boxers are in Round of 16 action on Sunday, and two wins away from a place at Paris.

50kg Daina Moorehouse, with two wins under her belt takes on Uzbekistan’s Sabina Bobokulova in the 3rd bout of Ring A’s Afternoon Session. She should be in the ring at around 12.45pm, Irish time.

80kg Kelyn Cassidy, whose Round of 32 bout with Guatamala’s Wyatt Trujillo lasted less than 90 seconds before a KO, meets Armenia’s Rafayel Hovhannisayn, also in Ring A’s Afternoon Session. Kelyn is in bout 9, which should get underway at around 1.45pm.

57kg Jude Gallagher boxes in the Evening Session (Ring B, Bout 4), at 7pm, Irish time. He contests for a last 8 place against Soulaimane Samghouli of Morocco.

Programme, March 10th

Session Times

The afternoon session begins at 2.30pm, Irish time

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

Tournament Schedule

Watch live

Olympics.com is now broadcasting all rings and sessions on its website, here.

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 18A results

Session 18B results

Session 19A and 19B results were not available at the time of writing (10.45pm)