European Championships Draw

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Today’s program HERE Bulgaria is two hours ahead of Ireland

Irish captain Darren O’Neill and Dean Gardiner will get Ireland’s campaign underway at the European Elite Men’s Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria today.

Tipperary super-heavyweight Gardner is up first against Abdul Naser Delalic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) in the opening session which begins at 1pm (Irish time) and Kilkenny heavyweight O’Neill meets Lithuania’s Tadas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) in the evening session which begins at 5pm (Irish time).

London 2012 bronze medallist and 2013 European silver medallist Michael Conlan, who is seeded No.1 in the bantam class in Samokov, meets France’s Anthony Brett in his opening bout, while Adam Nolan will be the only Irish boxer in action tomorrow.

Dean Walsh received a bye into the last 16 and awaits an opponent from either Romania or Norway. Joe Ward, the 2011 European Elite champion, faces Russia’s Idris Shakhmonov.

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European Elite Men’s Championships 2015

August 7th

Preliminaries (last 32)

91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Tadas Tamasauskas (Lithuania)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Abdul Naser Delalic (Bosnia)

August 8th (last 32)

69kg Adam Nolan (Ireland) v Onder Sipal (Turkey

August 9th (last 32)
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Idris Shakhmonov (Russia)

August 10th (last 16)
56kg Michael Conlan (Ireland) v Anthony Brett (France)
64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) v Florentin Niculescu (Romania) or Hassan Srour (Norway)

Irish squad

European Elite Men’s Championships August 6th/15th

52kg Myles Casey (St Francis)
56kg Michael Conlan (Clonard ABC)
64kg Dean Walsh (St Joesphs/St Ibars)
69kg Adam Nolan (Bray)
81kg Joe Ward (AIBA Pro Boxing)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zauri Antia and Eddie Bolger
Physiotherapist: Julianne Ryan
Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton
Cuts Man: Dr John Haughey

Joe O'Neill

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