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Big Dean Gardiner up first at European Championships

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Irish captain Darren O’Neill and Dean Gardiner will get Ireland’s campaign underway at the European Elite Men’s Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria today.

Tipperary super-heavyweight Gardner is up first against Delalic Abdul Naser (Bosnia) in the opening session which begins at 1pm (Irish time) and Kilkenny heavyweight O’Neill meets Lithuania’s Tadas Tamašauskas (Lithuania) in the evening session which begins at 5pm (Irish time).

The full draw will be available shortly. Gardiner and O’Neill will be the only Irish boxers in action today.

European Elite Men’s Championships Samokov, Bulgaria

August 7th


91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Tadas Tamašauskas (Lithuania)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Delalic Abdul Naser (Bosnia)

Irish Squad

52kg Myles Casey (St Francis)
56kg Michael Conlan (Clonard ABC)
64kg Dean Walsh (St Joesphs/St Ibars)
69kg Adam Nolan (Bray)
81kg Joe Ward (APB)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zauri Antia and Eddie Bolger
Physiotherapist: Julianne Ryan
Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton
Cuts Man: Dr John Haughey

Joe O'Neill

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