Dean Gardiner claimed victory from tonight’s European Elite Championships box-off with Martin Keenan of the Rathkeale BC in Limerick at Dublin’s National Stadium.


The Tipperary super-heavyweight, the 2015 National Elite champion, earned a 4-1 split decision over the current Elite champion after three close rounds.


Gardiner, who boxes out of the Clonmel BC, will now represent Ireland at 91kg+ at the 42nd edition of the European Championships in Kharkiv, Ukraine.


Team Ireland leave for their final training camp in Kharkiv next Monday.


Ireland will use a nine-strong squad at the tournament which is the only qualifier for the World Elite Championships in Hamburg, Germany in August/September.


Boxing begins on June 16th in the Ukraine.



Box-Off National Stadium Dublin


May 31st


91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) beat Martin Keenan (Rathkeale) 4-1



European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th

Irish squad


52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)

56kg – Bantamweight –  Kurt Walker (Canal)

60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)

64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)

69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)

75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)

81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate)

91kg – Heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91+kg – Super-heavy – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)


High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Team manager: Gerry O’Mahony

Head Coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne,  Eoin Pluck

Physio: Seamus Caffrey

Doctor: Jim Clover

Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary

Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton