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Two Irish fighters in World Championships action today


After a day without any Irish action in the ongoing World Championships two Team Ireland combatants climb through the ropes today.

Regan Buckley and Wayne Kelly will be looking to progress into the last 32 of the prestigious tournament as they compete in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

St Teresa’s man, Buckley will have his first ever major International flyweight fight.

The European Games bronze medallist takes on Aldoms Suquor of Indonesia in a 52kg last 64 clash.

Portlaoise BC’s Kelly will also be in action. The Westmeath man and recent Trestin Memorial Odessa Multi Nations medal winner takes on Matthew Alexander of Trinidad & Tobago in the same stage, but in the 63kg weight class. 

The pair will be hoping to join Michael Nevin and Kiril Afanasev in the last 32 of the contest. Kane Tucker is the only Irish fighter to have been eliminated thus far. 

Boxing begins at 11am (Irish time) each morning.

2019 World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia

September 12

Last 64

52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) v Aldoms Suquor (Indonesia)
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Matthew Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago)

September 13

Last 64

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Miroslav Kapuler (Israel)

September 14

Last 32

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania)

September 15

Last 32

57kg Kurt Walker v David Avila (Columbia)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Radoslav Panaleev (Bulgaria)


September 10

Last 64

81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Erkin Adylbek (Kyrgyzstan) 0-5
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Austin Aokuso (Australia) 5-0

September 9

Last 64

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Andre1 Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

Irish squad

52kg: Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
57kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg: Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg: Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

High-Performnce Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: John Conlan and Eoin Pluck


Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: