Dean Gardiner


A seven-strong Ireland squad has been confirmed for the European Union Men’s Elite Championships in Spain.

Boxing begins in Valladolid on November 8.

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Joe Ward, the current European Elite champion, has withdrawn from the team because of a hand injury picked up winning gold at an Elite multi-nations in Romania last month.

The squad are currently training at the University of Jordanstown in Belfast with the Ulster HP team, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Switzerland ahead of the start of the 9th edition of the tournament.

Irish coach John Conlan said that 74 boxers, including Olympic medallists and World and European champions and medallists, are at the camp and Team Ireland are boxing well.

The Irish squad leave for Spain on November 7.

Boxing will be contested across the ten traditional weights for men from light-fly to super-heavy in Valladolid.

Irish squad

52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard BC)

56kg Kurt Walker (Canal BC)

64kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC)

69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard BC)

75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC)

91kg Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield BC)

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel BC)

Coaches: John Conlan,Eoin Pluck

Team Manager: Michael Hawkins

Physiotherapist: Seamus Caffrey

Team Doctor: Jim Clover- Team Doctor

Sports Physiologist: Damian Martin

Referee & Judge: Jim Murrin- R&J