The HP Unit and Irish boxing has enjoyed a tremendous June with medals galore and seven Olympic places secured at the Tokyo Olympics.
Two gold, two silver and three bronze is the total medal haul from the European Olympic qualifiers in Paris and the European U/22 Championships which concluded in Italy tonight.
The boxers, the HP Unit and its Director Bernard Dunne, Central Council, coaches and staff and the clubs deserve enormous credit for the recent success in the build up to Tokyo.
Kellie Harrington claimed gold in Paris and Dean Clancy secured gold in Italy,
Michaela Walsh and Adam Hession won silver and Aidan Walsh, Aoife O’Rourke and Jack Marley bagged bronze in Paris and Italy.
Michaela Walsh and her brother Aidan also made history after becoming the first boxing siblings to qualify for the Olympics..
The medal haul, particularly in the Olympic qualifiers, will also impact on the seeding in Tokyo while Ireland’s performances in Italy this week will ensure that there’s plenty of competition for places on the Irish squad for the qualifiers for Paris 2024, one hundred years after Ireland first entered the Olympics independently at Paris 1924.
Overall, Irish boxing, which has secured seven medals against some of the world’s top boxers in the two tournaments it has entered this year, is in a healthy condition on the road to Tokyo and beyond.