O’Rourke & Marley through to Strandja semi finals.

Paris qualified boxers Aoife O’Rourke and Jack Marley have guaranteed themselves at least a bronze at the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament, following quarter finals victories today.

75kg Aoife O’Rourke contested against Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik. Aoife has won every contest against the Polish boxer, and today was no different. Aoife’s 5-0 victory was decisive, and the scorecards finished: 26:29; 26:29; 25:30; 27:29; 27:29

Heavyweight, Jack Marley, had the longest wait of any Irish boxer before beginning his campaign. He made his tournament debut today against Uzbekistan’s Madiyar Saydrakhimov. This was a close contest, which Jack won by 3-2 split decision. Judges scored the bout 29:28; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 30:27

Also in action today were 54kg Niamh Fay, following her keynote win over India’s Preeti Preeti. Niamh left it all in the ring, but the unanimous decision went to her opponent, Serbia’s Sara Cirkovic: 30:26; 30:27; 29:28; 30:27; 30:27. 66kg Lisa O’Rourke, like her sister, contested against Polish opposition in the form of Aneta Rygielska. This was a tight contest, and resulted ina 4-1 split in Rygielska’s favour – the final scores: 29:28; 30:27; 29:28; 28:29; 30: 27.

Quarter Finals, Day Two

One Team Ireland boxers, 71kg Eugene McKeever, is in action on Friday, following his 5-0 victory over Moldova’s Davron Bozorov on Wednesday. Eugene takes on India’s Akash Akash in the opening bout of Ring B’s evening session.

Programme

261 boxers from 28 federations will contest the tournament, hosted in Sofia by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation. Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tukey, Turkey and Uzbekistan have all fielded teams.

Watch

The Bulgarian Boxing Federation is streaming the tournament on its YouTube Channel – links, per ring and session, become available on the day of boxing. The afternoon session begins at 12pm, Irish time, and the evening session at 2.30pm, Irish time.

Team

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

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin

57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast

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

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin, Dublin.

Draws are available here

Day One: Team Ireland didn’t box.

Day Two results are here

Day Three results are here

Day Four results are here

Session 15A results

Session 16B results

Session 17A results

Session 18B results