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#1 Seed O’Reilly out, David Oliver Joyce progresses in Olympic qualifiers

Update – Michael O’Reilly, the No.1 seed in the middleweight class, bowed out in Samsun on a unanimous decision to Ilari Kijala (Finland) today.

David Oliver Joyce advanced to the last-eight of the European Olympic qualifiers in Samsun, Turkey today.

The three-time EU champion beat Otar Eranosyan of Georgia and is now two wins away from qualifying for Rio 2016.

The St Michael’s Athy BC man, Ireland’s only AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) fighter besides Joe Ward, who has already qualified for Rio, won on a unanimous decision.

London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill fights in the evening session. O’Neill will be between the ropes shortly after 7pm (Irish time)

European Olympic qualifiers Samsun, Turkey

(A & E denotes Afternoon and Evening sessions)

April 9th


64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) beat Erik Agataljan (Czech Republic) 3-0

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Simen Nysater (Norway) 3-0

April 11th

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Virginia Barankas (Hungary) 3-0

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Hamza Touba (Germany) 3-0

64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) lost to Lorenzo Sotomayor (Azerbaijan) 1-2

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Martina Schmoranzova (Czech Republic) 3-0

75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Nouchka Fontijan (Netherlands) 2-0

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Mahammadrausl Majidor (Azerbaijan) 0-3

April 12th

Last 16

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Otar Eranosyan (Georgia) 3-0

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Ilari Kijala (Finland) 0-3

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Gabriel Richards (Sweden) TKO

April 13th


51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Tetyna Kob (Ukraine)

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Ellie Konki (France)

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Yvonne Rasmussen (Denmark)

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Vazgen Sufaryants (Belarus)

75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Patra Scatmari (Hungary)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v (Azerbaijan)

Irish squad


51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)


52kg Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)

60kg David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy/AIBA Pro Boxing)

64kg Dean Walsh (St Joesphs/St Ibars)

75kg Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Joe Hennigan

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, John Conlan
Physiotherapist: Julianne Ryan
Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Doctor: Jim Clover
Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years