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SEVEN Irish boxers fight for European Silver (at least) today

Seven Irish fighters shoot for silver today.

This is a historic Championships for Ireland – 7 boxers have won through to podium places. The previous record was two – set in 2014, 2018, and 2019.

Thursday was a rest day at the tournament in Budva, Montenegro with the semi-finals to take place today. The afternoon session begins at 1pm, Irish time, and the evening session begins at 4.30pm.

First between the ropes will be 48kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s, Mayo, She will contest against Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova, a bronze medallist at the Worlds this year, in the opening bout of the afternoon session.

In bout 5 of the same session, at around 2.15pm, Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion, 57kg Micheala Walsh of Emerald BC, Belfast, meets her Olympic nemesis – Italy’s Irma Testa.

In bout 8, at approximately 3pm, World Champion Amy Broadhurst contests her semi final against Croatia’s Sara Beram.

In bout 10, at around 4pm, former European medallist, 70kg Tina Desmond Dungarvan BC/Garda BC, takes on Italy’s Melissa Gemini.

In the opening bout of the evening session, at 4.30pm, 50kg Caitlin Fryers meets Azerbaijan’s Anakhanim Ismayilova.

In bout 6, at approximately 5.45pm, Olympic champion Kellie Harrington contests against Kosovo’s Donjeta Sadiku.

In bout 10, at around 6.30pm, Olympian Aoife O’Rourke, takes on Love Holgersson of Sweden.

Courtesy of the IABA

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


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