5 wins for Team Ireland on the opening day of STRANDJA.

Team Ireland recorded 5 wins on the opening day of the 74th STRANDJA Tournament, being hosted and organised by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation.

A record 450 boxers from over 40 nations are contesting the tournament.

54kg Elite and European U22 champion, Niamh Fay, opened proceedings in Ring B’s afternoon session, against Uzbekistan, and she came away with a 5-0 win. In bout 7, 54kg Elite silver medallist Jennifer Lehane took on Germany and did likewise, with a UD.

Tokyo Olympics 71kg Bronze medallist, Aidan Walsh also met German opposition, in Bout 3 of Ring A’s afternoon session. He was the 5-0 victory. 8 bouts later, light middleweight Elite Champ Dean Walsh came away with the same decision against an EUBC contestant.

In the evening session in Ring A, Commonwealth Games silver medallist, 50kg Carly McNaul, put in a battling performance against France, but came out the wrong side of a unanimous decision. In the following bout, 50kg European silver medalist, Caitlin Fryers met an Algeria boxer – she lost out on the narrowest of split margins. 66kg Elite champion Grainne Walsh took on Poland in Bout 9, in a tough and testy bout that went the 5-0 way of her opponent, while while in Bout 14, World, European and Commonwealth Games champ and contesting at 66kg, Amy Broadhurst faced India – she came away with a split win. In Ring B, 57kg Elite silver medalist, Kelsey Leonard made her international debut, boxing against USA – the UD went to her opponent.

Day Two

7 Team Ireland boxers are in action on Day Two – 54kg Dylan Eagleson faces Uzbekistan tomorrow, and also in the ring on the 21st is 57kg Jude Gallagher, against Kazakstan. 63.5kg Dean Clancy opens his account on Tuesday against a home boxer – 80kg Kelyn Cassidy is first in the ring on the same day, and faces Algeria, while Jack Marley will contest against Ecuador.

The light middleweight pair of Aidan Walsh and Dean Walsh both box their second bouts of the tournament, and the second round of preliminaries in their weight. Aidan contests against India and Dean against Panama. Wins bring a Quarter Final berth.

75kg Aoibhe Carabine makes her tournament debut on Wednesday, against Greece. while 57kg Adam Hession has received a bye to the second round of prelims in the weight. He boxes on Wednesday, against Turkey.

Team Ireland is already guaranteed two medals – Olympic lightweight champ, Kellie Harrington, meets France in the 63kg semi finals on Saturday, and European silver medallist, Christina Desmond, boxes her semi on the same day against India.

Afternoon Session

Evening Session


The tournament is being live-streamed by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation on its YouTube channel.

Ring A

Ring B

Team Ireland


51kg Sean Mari, Monkstown, Dublin/Defence Forces

54kg Dylan Eagleson, St. Paul’s, Antrim

57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC

57kg Jude Gallagher, Two Castles ABC

Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC

71kg Aidan Walsh, Emerald BC

71kg Dean Walsh, St. Joseph’s/St Ibar’s BC

80kg Kelyn Cassidy, Saviours Crystal BC

92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown, Dublin


50kg Carly McNaul, Ormeau Road BC

50kg Caitlin Fryers, Immaculata BC

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC

54kg Jennifer Lehane, DCU BC

57kg Kelsey Leonard, Unit 3, Naas, BC

63kg Kellie Harrington, St. Mary’s, Dublin

66kg Grainne Walsh, Spartacus BC

66kg Amy Broadhurst, St. Bronagh’s BC

70kg Christina Desmond, Dungarvan BC/Garda

75kg Aoibhe Carabine, Geesala BC

Team Lead: Zauri Antia

Head Coach: John Conlan


Eoin Pluck

Noel Burke

Lynne McEnery

Physio: Rob Tuomey

R&J: Paul McMahon

Draws are available here

Session 1A results

Session 3A results

Session 4B results