It was a battling opening day for Team Ireland at the 73rd International Strandja Tournament.
European U22 Champion, M63.5kg Dean Clancy, was the first of the team between the ropes, against Abdal Serik of Kazakhstan. He leaves the tournament following a 5-0 decision in favour of his opponent.
M67kg Eugene McKeever was next in action, against Hugo Grau of France, was next in action, and lost out on a unanimous decision in favour of Grau.
Super-heavy, Thomas Maughan, was the last Irish boxer between the ropes on the first day of the tournament, in the last bout in the Ring B evening session.
He took on Lithuanian, Jonas Jazevicius; his opponent came away with the unanimous decision.
All three boxers put in brave performances.
W48kg Shannon Sweeney, W50kg Caitlyn Fryers, W52kg Carly McNaul and Olympian, W57kg Michaela Walsh, are all in action on Monday, in the afternoon session which begins at midday, Irish time.
Shannon Sweeney is the first of Team Ireland in the ring tomorrow. She meets Italian, Roberta Bonatti, in Bout 5 of the first session in Ring A.
Caitlin Fryers takes on Eugenia Anghel (ROU) in Bout 11 in the same ring and session.
Carly McNaul takes on Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan in Ring B – also Bout 11 of the afternoon session.
Michael Walsh is the last Irish boxer in the ring on Monday – she boxes Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU), in Bout 10 of Ring A’s evening session, which begins at 4pm, Irish time.
Reigning W60kg Olympic Champion, Kellie Harrington, is in action on Tuesday, as are W70kg Christina Desmond and Olympian W75kg Aoife O’Rourke.
M57kg Adam Hession, M60kg JP Hale, M71kg Luke Maguire and M80kg Kelyn Cassidy all have byes. All but Luke Maguire box on Tuesday. Maguire is in action on Wednesday.
Rings A and B will be streamed on the IBA Boxing YouTube channel, and links for Monday’s sessions will be published on Monday morning
Team Ireland Squad:
F48kg Shannon Sweeney
F50kg Caitlin Fryers
F52kg Carly McNaul
F57kg Michaela Walsh
F60kg Kellie Harrington
F70kg Christina Desmond
F75kg Aoife O’Rourke
57kg Adam Hession
60kg JP Hale
63.5kg Dean Clancy
67kg Eugene McKeever
71kg Luke Maguire
80kg Kelyn Cassidy
92kg+ Thomas Maughan
The competition schedule and individual draws for all 14 Team Ireland boxers are here
Strandja 2022 Day One Ring A Session One Results
Strandja 2022 Day One Ring A Session Two Results
Strandja 2022 Day One Ring B Session One Results
Strandja 2022 Day One Ring B Session Two Results