FIVE Irish boxers fight for precious European metal today.
Over half of the nine Irish fighters to reach the European Championships quarter-finals are in action across what could prove to be another sensational day for Irish amateur boxing.
Shannon Sweeney, Carly McNaul, Michaela Walsh, Amy Broadhurst, and Christina Desmond all fight for European Championship bronze at the very least in Budva, Montenegro.
Shannon Sweeney is back in action a day after her impressive last 16 win, boxing for a podium place against Slovakia’s Nicole Durikova in bout 2 of the afternoon session.
Form flyweight Carly McNaul meets Italy’s Olena Savchuk for a medal in bout 8 of the same session.
Reigning Commonwealth Champion Micheala Walsh fights for her second European Championships medal in a 57kg quarter against Romania’s Claudia Nechita in bout 10.
World champion and Ireland’s 63kg representative Amy Broadhurst boxes Serbia’s Milena Matovic for a place on the podium, that fight is bout 3 of the evening session. Seven fights later and Christina Desmond fights against Sweden’s Hanna Ingrid Malena Hede for a medal.
Aoife O’Rourke, Kellie Harrington, Kaci Rock, and Caitlin Fryers also have quarter-finals to contest but will trade leather on Wednesday rather than today.
Team Ireland Squad
48kg: Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s, Mayo
50kg: Caitlin Fryers, Immaculata BC, Belfast
52kg: Carly McNaul, Ormeau Road BC, Belfast
54kg: Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin
57kg: Michaela Walsh, Emerald BC, Belfast
60kg: Kellie Harrington, St. Mary’s BC, Dublin
63kg: Amy Broadhurst, St. Bronagh’s ABC, Newry
66kg: Kaci Rock, Enniskerry BC, Wicklow
70kg: Christina Desmond, Dungarvan BC/Garda BC
75kg: Aoife O’Rourke, Olympic BC, Galway