Irish squad in Thailand

Irish squad in Thailand.


Please click here for Thursday’s semi-final schedule at the World University Championships in Thailand.

Cork middleweight Christina Desmond and Athlone heavyweight Kenny Okungbowa are between the ropes in the last-four tomorrow morning versus Poland and France.

Both boxers are guaranteed at least bronze – the first medals the Irish Athletic Third-Level Boxing Association have claimed at this level – from the 7th edition of the tournament.

Boxing begins at 8am on Thursday morning (Irish time).

Ceire Smith and Gary McKenna bowed out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage today. Team manager Paul Geoghegan hailed both performances.

He said: “Ceire and Gary gave it everything they had, but it just wasn’t their day. They can both be very proud of their efforts as I am of them. Let’s hope that the Irish fortunes change for the rest of the week.”

Chinese Taipei and Russia and China and Russia clash in the corresponding middleweight and heavyweight semi-finals tomorrow.

Thursday’s action will be screened live here.


7th World University Championships Thailand, October 3/8

October 3rd

Last 16

75kg: Conor Wallace Ireland) lost to Valerii Kharlamov (Ukraine) TKOI3

October 4th


75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Zura Kussainova (Kazakhstan) 3-0

91kg Ken Okungbowa (Ireland) beat Tadas Tamasuskas (Lithuania) 2-1

October 5th


51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Wassila Lkhadiri (France) 1-2

60kg Gary McKenna (Ireland) lost to Temirian Osmonov (Kyrgyzstan) 0-3

October 6th


75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Natalia Hollinska (Poland)

91kg Ken Okungbowa (Ireland) v Dylan Bregeon  (France)


51kg Ceire Smith – Cavan BC & DCU
60kg Gary McKenna – Old School BC Monaghan & University of Ulster
75kg Christina Desmond – Fr Horgans BC & LIT (Bronze, at least)
75kg Conor Wallace – St Monica’s Newry & University of Ulster
91kg Kenneth Okungbowa – Athlone BC & AIT (Bronze, at least)

Team manager: Paul Geoghegan
Coach: Paddy Gallagher