Ireland occupies 8th position in the World Youth Men’s Youth Championships table since Mexico 2008 with the countdown to the 2018 edition of the tournament beginning in earnest this week.

Boxing at the 2018 World Youths begins in Budapest, Hungary next Tuesday. A 7-strong squad will represent Ireland.

This year marks the first occasion that the competition is a joint male and female event.

Irish female boxing has claimed 1 silver and 5 bronze at this level since the inaugural World Women’s Youths in Turkey in 2011.

Caitlin Fryers finished in one of those podium position and Irish head coach Billy McClean believes she’ll impress in Hungary.

“Caitlin’s a little star who trains extremely hard – she’s extremely dedicated, one of the hardest trainers we have in the programme at the minute,” McClean told the Irish News.

“Already she has a wealth of international experience and the thing about Caitlin is she won’t be afraid of anybody in these World championships, no matter who she gets.

“She’s very focused, she’s been in the system for a number of years now, and she’s definitely a potential medallist.”

Team Ireland are putting the finishing touches to their preparations at the High-Performance Centre in Abbotstown and leave for Budapest on Tuesday.

227 men and 167 women are registered to compete in the Hungarian capital.

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.


Irish squad


48kg Daina Moorhouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermot)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigid’s Edenderry)


49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)

Team manager: Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins

Head coach: Billy McClean

Coaches: Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just

Physio: David Cooke

All Time Irish World Youth Medals Table

1987 Cuba
64kg Eamonn Loughran Silver
71kg Denis Galvin Bronze

1989 Puerto Rico
64kg Eamon Magee Silver

1992 Canada
64kg Neil Sinclair Bronze

2000 Hungary
91kg Colman Barrett Bronze

2002 Cuba
71kg Andy Lee Silver

2008 Mexico
60kg Ray Moylette Gold
64kg Jamie Kavanagh Silver
69kg David Joe Joyce Bronze
81kg Tommy McCarthy Bronze

2010 Azerbaijan
75kg Joe Ward Gold
48kg Ryan Burnett Silver

2011 Turkey
48kg Katie Rowland Bronze
57kg Michaela Walsh Bronze

2012 Armenia
52kg Kurt Walker Bronze

2013 Bulgaria
69kg Christina Desmond Silver

2015 China
54kg Natasha Logan Bronze

2016 Russia
64kg Gabriel Dossen Bronze
75kg Michael Nevin Bronze

2017 India
48kg Caitlin Fryers Bronze
64kg Katelyn Phelan Bronze