By Bernard O’Neill
Kurt Walker and Kellie Harrington are ranked number 2 and 3 in the recently updated International Boxing Association (AIBA) World rankings.
Walker trails Uzbekistan’s table topper Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov in the 56kg category and lightweight Harrington is behind Brazil’s Beatrice Soares and Finland’s Mira Potkonen.
Amy Broadhurst is ranked number 25, also at lightweight.
Ireland also occupies two places in the women’s welter class with Christina Desmond ranked 9th and Grainne Walsh 16th.
Aoife O’Rourke is at number 10 at middleweight.
Regan Buckley is ranked joint 7th in the light-fly category and Michael Nevin at No.11, while Michaela Walsh is ranked 15th at 57kg.
James McGivern, who makes his pro debut in August is No. 36.
Overall, Ireland has five boxers in the top ten and two in the top three.
The rankings are based on performances at specified events up to September 2020, according to the AIBA tables.