Fay, Sweeney, Harrington & O’Rourke secure European podium places.

4 Ireland boxers are assured of at least bronze at the 2024 European Elite Championships, following today’s women’s Quarter Finals.

54kg Niamh Fay was the first to medal – she was scheduled to contest against No. 2 seed in the weight, t Stanmira Petrova of Buglaria, but her opponent withdrew.

50kg Shannon Sweeney opened preceedings today, in the opening bout in Ring . BShe boxed No.1 seed in the weight, Spain’s Laura Fuertes Fernandez. Shannon dominated the bout, and progresses following a 5-0 decision. Judges scored the bout: 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30.

Next up was reigning Olympic lightweight champion, and Paris Olympian, Kellie Harrington – she faced Turkey’s Ozer Gizem. Kellie was in control throughout the bout, but the decision went to a bout review; triggered by a 3-2 split. The BR decision, of 4-3, was in the Olympians favour. Judges scored the bout 30:27; 30:27; 28:29; 30:27; 28:29.

66kg Lisa O’Rourke, 2022 World Champion at 70kg, made her debut at the tournament against Slovakia’s Jessica Triebelova. This was a tough contest, and the decision was some time coming, as a bout review was commissioned. This went, 4-3, in Triebelova’s favour. Before the bout review, Lisa – who boxed in blue – was adjudged the 3-2 winner of the bout – 30:27; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 29:28

Double Olympian, 75kg Aoife O’Rourke, as the last Irish boxer between the ropes today -she met Hungary’s Veronika Nakota. Nakota showed a lot of heart throughout the bout, but Aoife was the dominant boxer, recording a 5-0 win. The final scores: 29:28; 30:27; 30:27; 30:27; 30:27.

401 boxers from 38 federations will contest the championships. Prize money will be awarded in all weight categories, from quarter finalists to champions. Those finishing at the QF stage will receive $1,000; bronze medalists will be awarded $5,000 apiece. Winning silver means a $10,000 award, and champions will get $15,000.

All semi-finals take place on Thursday. Friday is a rest day at the tournament, and finals will be boxed across Saturday and Sunday.

Day Eight

Two Ireland boxers are in action in the men’s Quarter Finals. 57kg Adam Hession boxes for a podium place against Russia’s Eduard Savvin. That’s in Bout 7 of Ring B’s Afternoon Session. 4 bouts later (Bout 11) in the same ring and session, Paris qualified 63.5kg boxer, Dean Clancy, boxes for bronze against Azerbaijan’s Malik Hasanov.

Afternoon Sessions at the tournament begin at 2pm, Irish time – Evening Sessions begin at 4.45pm.

Programme

Watch

Ring A

Ring B

Team

50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin

57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast

60kg Kellie Harrington, St. Mary’s BC, Tallaght, Dublin

66kg Lisa O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

75kg Aoife O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

51kg Rickey Nesbitt, Holy Family BC, Drogheda

57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway

63.5kg Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC, Leitrim

71kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda

92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin

Draws are available here

Day One results are available here

Day Two results are available here

Day Three results are available here

Day Four results are available here

Day Five results are available here

Session 17A results

Session 18B results

Session 19A results

Session 20B results