Irish Squad to face England in Cork this weekend
By IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have named their squad for Saturday’s international with England at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.
The team for Saturday, from 46kg up, will represent Ireland at next month’s European Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Galway’s James Cleary will wear the Irish flyweight vest in Cork and at the European Junior Championships, while Cork’s Michael Olden will also line at flyweight against England.
Ireland beat Scotland 10-7 at the recent international clash at the Rochestown Park Hotel and will be looking to maintain their winning streak this weekend.
However, England are sending over a talented young squad of national champions to Leeside and Irish coach Billy McClean says they are anticipating a very competitive evening.
The Watergrasshill BC in Cork, which were the host club for the Scotland match, will be the host club for the visit of England.
Luke Thomas has been named Irish captain for Saturday’s clash.
Thomas claimed a bronze medal at the 2011 European Junior Championships in Hungary.
John Nevin and Martin Conroy also won bronze at the 2011 European Junior Championships.
Ticket’s for Saturday’s international are priced at €10 and will be available at the door. The doors open at 7pm.
The 2012 European Junior Championships glove off at the Festivalna Hall in Sofia on June 23.
Please see attachment for tournament details for the 2012 European Junior Championships.
Ireland v England Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork May 26th
39kg Brendan Irvine (St Pauls Antrim) v Liam Search (England)
42kg Willie Donoghue (St Michaels Athy) v Jake Spooner (England)
46kg Ryan Greene (Oakleaf) v Isaac Milburn (England)
46kg Josie McDonagh (St Marys Dublin) v Sonny Edwards (England)
48kg Jason McKay (Canal) v Muhammad Ali (England)
50kg Kalum McConville (Dealgan) v Benjamin Smith (England)
52kg James Cleary (Olympic) v Charlie Kenny (England)
52kg Michael Olden (Watergrasshill) v TBC
54kg John Joyce (St Michaels Athy) v Dalton Smith (England)
57kg Darren Pollock (St Agnes) v Sahir Iqbal (England)
60kg Wayne Kelly (Ballinacargy) v Hamza Hussain (England)
63kg Darryl Byrne (Grangecon) v Reuben Arrowsmith (England)
63kg Danny Keating (Watergrasshill) v Eunice Chaima (England)
66kg Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge) v Louis Claridge (England)
70kg Luke Thomas (Watergrasshill) v Patrick McCann (England)
70kg Barry Harkin (Cootehill) v Jack Stringer (England)
75kg Brian Wall (Cashen Vale) v Harrison Clarke (England)
80kg Michael Gallagher (Finn Valley) v Ryan Hatton (England)
80+kg Aaron Kelly (Mount Tallant) v Harry McDermott (England