Ireland name team for European Junior Championships

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) have named a 13-strong team for the European Men’s Junior Championships this month in Albena, Bulgaria.

Ireland will be represented at every weight class at the Black Sea city

The team is made up of the champions from the Senior Cadet Championships in July and features fighters from clubs in Dublin, Antrim, Cork, Westmeath, Kildare, Sligo, Limerick, Kerry, Tyrone, and Louth.

Brandon McCarthy, a European Schoolboys silver medalist, and Callum Walsh will box at the under-16s championships for the second year in a row, while the team also features European Schoolboys gold medalist William Hayden in his first year in the category. In addition, Gavin Rafferty, Mikey Stokes, and Jake Tucker all also have major international tournament experience.

The squad in full is:

46kg Jude Gallagher (2Castles)
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Tralee)
50kg Myles Casey (Rathkeale)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
54kg Brandon McCarthy (St. Michaels Athy)
57kg Mikey Stokes (Athlone)
60kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Crumlin)
66kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
70kg Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity)
75kg Gavin Rafferty (St. Cianans)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
80+kg Cathal Crowley (Spartan)

Team Manager – Peter Brady
Coaches – Billy McClean & Dmitri Dmitruk
R&J – John Casey

The 21st installment of the tournament will run in Bulgaria from September 18th to 25th

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Joe O'Neill

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