Victory for McKeever in Strandja.

Eugene McKeever recorded a keynote win at the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria today. He contested against Moldova’s Davron Bozorov in a tough preliminary contest which Eugene controlled from the first bell – coming away with a 5-0 win. Judges scored the bout 28:29, 27:30; 28:29; 27:30; 27:30

51k Rickey Nesbitt, Eugene’s Holy Family Drogheda clubmate, contested his preliminary against Uzbekistan’s Asilbek Jalilov. Rickey left it all in the ring but it wasn’t to be, following a 5-0 decision in favour of his opponent. Judge scored the bout 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 26:30.

in Bout 4 of Ring B’s afternoon session, Holy Family Drogheda clubmate, 71kg Eugene McKeever, in between the ropes directly thereafter, in Bout 5, against Moldova’s Davron Bozorov.

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.

Quarter Finals

4 Team Ireland boxers contest quarter finals tomorrow. 54kg Niamh Fay, having recorded a 3-2 split win over India’s Preeti Preeti, will boxer quarter final against Serbia’s Sara Cirkovic in Bout 3 of Ring B’s Afternoon Session.

Paris qualified 75kg Aoife O’Rourke, who boxed India’s Lovlina Borgohain in her opening bout on Monday and progresses following her opponent’s 3rd round disqualified, meets Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik in Thursday’s quarter final – Aoife has had her hand raised in all of their previous meetings, most recently, at the semi-finals of the European Games. That contest is in Ring B’s afternoon session – bout 12. Aoife’s sister, 66kg Lisa O’Rourke will also meet Poland – Aneta Rygielska, That’s Bout 10 in Ring A’s afternoon session.

Paris-qualified heavyweight Jack Marley has had the longest wait to begin his campaign – he won’t box until Thursday’s evening session, at the quarter finals stage. He’ll meet Uzbekistan’s Madiyar Saydrakhimov in Bout 3 of Ring A’s evening session.

Programme

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

Session 11A results

Session 12B results

Session 13A results

Session 14B results