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.
WORLD MEN’S AND WOMEN’S YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS BUDAPEST, HUNGARY AUGUST 21/30
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
64kg Eamonn Loughran Silver
71kg Denis Galvin Bronze
1989 Puerto Rico
64kg Eamon Magee Silver
64kg Neil Sinclair Bronze
91kg Colman Barrett Bronze
71kg Andy Lee Silver
60kg Ray Moylette Gold
64kg Jamie Kavanagh Silver
69kg David Joe Joyce Bronze
81kg Tommy McCarthy Bronze
75kg Joe Ward Gold
48kg Ryan Burnett Silver
48kg Katie Rowland Bronze
57kg Michaela Walsh Bronze
52kg Kurt Walker Bronze
69kg Christina Desmond Silver
54kg Natasha Logan Bronze
64kg Gabriel Dossen Bronze
75kg Michael Nevin Bronze
48kg Caitlin Fryers Bronze
64kg Katelyn Phelan Bronze