Limerick’s Myles Casey and Ivan Fihurenka of Belarus will make their own piece of boxing history at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan tomorrow morning.
The St Francis BC flyweight and Fihurenka are slated to meet in the opening contest of the program on Day 1 of the tournament and will be the first ever boxers to meet in a European Games bout.
Olympic champion Katie Taylor will be in last-16 action next Sunday versus a familiar foe, Bulgaria’s Denista Eliseeva, while Michaela Walsh has been drawn against Russia’s World No. 3 ranked bantam Elena Saveleva.
Dean Walsh and Dean Gardiner received byes into the last 16 from today’s draw.
Describing the draw as tough, Irish head coach Billy Walsh said that the Irish squad had prepared well for the tournament.
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1st European Games Baku, Azerbaijan
52kg Myles Casey (Ireland) v Ivan Fihurenka (Belarus)
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Nazirove Bakhtovar (Russia)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Ionut Jitaru (Romania)
69kg Adam Nolan (Ireland) v Alban Bequri (Albania)
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Pol Sanjin Vrgoc (Croatia)
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Tymur Beliak (Ukraine)
49kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Tinko Banabakov (Bulgaria)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Camila Johansen (Norway)
91kg + Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Guido Vianello (Italy)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Elena Saveleva (Russia)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Denista Eliseeva (Bulgaria)
64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) v K Legowski (Poland) or M Badashev (Russia) (date to be confirmed)
51kg – flyweight – Ceire Smith (Cavan)
54kg – bantamweight – Michaela Walsh (Holy Family)
60kg – lightweight – Katie Taylor (Bray)
49kg – light-flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s Antrim)
52kg – flyweight – Myles Casey (St Francis)
56kg – bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg – lightweight – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
64kg -light-welterweight – Dean Walsh (St Josephs/St Ibars)
69kg – welterweight – Adam Nolan (Bray)
75kg – middleweight – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
91kg – heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91kg+ – super-heavyweight – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
Team manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Pete Taylor, Gerry Storey
Physio: Jullianne Ryan
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey