Irish Squad for the World Championships

Team Ireland will have their final training camp before the 2015 AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships and Olympic qualifier in Doha, Qatar in Assisi, Italy later this month.

The squad leave for Italy next Wednesday and will train with the host nation and Belarus before leaving straight for Qatar on October 2nd.

Brendan Irvine, Michael Conlan, Sean McComb, Dean Walsh, Adam Nolan, Michael O’Reilly and Joe Ward will represent Ireland at the 2015 AIBA World Elite Championships.

The seven qualified for Doha from the European Elite Championships and inaugural European Games in Bulgaria and Azerbaijan this summer, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals into the bargain.

Olympic champion Katie Taylor, two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, Ceire Smith and Darren O’Neill have been included on the Irish team for the Assisi training camp.

Boxing at the 2015 AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships begins on October 6th. Please scroll down for squad profiles.

Competition Dates: September 6th/15th

Click here for schedule and here for official website

Venue: Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena-Al Sadd
Capacity: 7,700

Irish Squad AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships 2015

Brendan Irvine

Brendan Irvine

Date of Birth: 17/5/1996

Club: St Pauls, Antrim

Weight class: 49kg (Light-flyweight)

Stance: Orthodox

(Qualified for Qatar through European Games 2015)

International honours
2015 European Games (Silver) – Baku
2015 Gee Bee Elite Multi-Nations (Gold) – Tampere
2014 Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament (Gold) – Anapa

Domestic honours
2015 Elite champion
2014 Youth champion
2013 U/22 champion
2012 Junior champion

(The top 2 light-flyweights in Doha (the finalists) will qualify for Rio 2016. If Irvine reaches the final in Doha he will earn a quota place for Rio 2016. Paddy Barnes has already earned a quota place for Rio 2016 through the World Series of Boxing this year in the light-flyweight class. Only one boxer can represent his or her country per weight class at the Olympics).

Michaell Conlann

Michael Conlan

Date of Birth: 19/11/1991

Club: Clonard BC, Antrim)

Weight class: 56kg (Bantamweight)

Stance: Orthodox

(Qualified for Qatar through European Elite Championships 2015)

International honours
2015 European Elite Championships (Gold) – Samokov
2014 Commonwealth Games – for Northern Ireland – (Gold) – Glasgow
2014 Feliks Stamm Memorial (Gold) –Warsaw
2013 AIBA World Elite Championships (6th place) – Almaty
2013 European Elite Championships (Silver) – Minsk
2012 Olympics (Bronze) – London

Domestic honours
2014 Elite champion
2013 Elite champion
2012 Elite champion
2011 Elite champion
(did not enter 2015 Elite Championships because of injury)

(The top three bantamweights in Qatar qualify for Rio 2016. Conlan has already qualified for Rio 2016 through the World Series of Boxing this year).

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Sean McComb

Date of Birth: 14/08/1992

Club: Holy Trinity BC (Belfast)

Weight class: 60kg (Lightweight)

Stance: Southpaw

(Qualified for Qatar through European Games 2015)

International Honours
2015 European Games (Bronze) – Baku
2013 AIBA World Elite Championships (last 16) – Almaty
2013 Usti nad Labem (Silver) – Czech Rep

Domestic honours
2015 Elite champion
2014 Elite silver medallist
2013 Elite champion

(The top three lightweights in Doha will qualify for Rio 2016, the finalists and winner of box-off between losing semi-finalists).

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Dean Walsh

Date of Birth: 25/6/1994

Club St Josephs/St Ibars (Wexford)

Weight class: 64kg (Light-welterweight)

Stance: Orthodox

(Qualified for Qatar through European Elite Championships 2015)

International honours
2015 European Elite Championships (Bronze) – Samokov
2015 European Games (7th position) – Baku
2014 European Union Championships (7th position) – Sofia
2014 Feliks Stamm Memorial (Bronze) – Warsaw
2013 Celtic Box Cup (Gold) – Dungarvan

Domestic honours
2015 Elite champion
2014 Elite champion
2013 Irish U/22 champion
2012 Irish Intermediate champion

(The top three light-welterweights in Qatar qualify for Rio 2016, the finalists and winner of the box-off between the losing semi-finalists).

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Adam Nolan

Date of Birth: 11/3/1987 (Wexford)

Club: Bray BC

Weight: 69kg (Welterweight)

Stance: Southpaw

(Qualified for Qatar through European Elite Championships 2015)

International honours
2015 European Elite Championships (quarter-finalist) – Baku
2015 Gee Bee Multi-Nations (Gold) – Helsinki
2012 Olympics – finished in 11th position. (won one bout, lost one bout) – London
2012 European Olympic qualifier (Gold) – Trabzon
2012 Chemistry Cup (Bronze) – Halle

Domestic honours
2015 Elite champion
2014 Elite silver medallist
2013 Elite champion
2012 Elite champion
2011 Elite champion

(World Series of Boxing (WSB) boxer with Italia Thunder 2015)

(The top three welterweights in Qatar qualify for Rio 2016, the finalists and the winner of the box-off between the losing semi-finalist).

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Michael O’Reilly

Date of Birth: 30/4/1993

Club: Portlaoise BC

Weight: 75kg (Middleweight)

Stance: Orthodox

(Qualified for Qatar through European Games 2015)

International Honours
2015 European Games (Gold) – Baku
2015 Feliks Stamm memorial (Gold) – Warsaw
2014 European Union Championships (Silver) – Sofia
2011 European Youth Championships (Silver) – Dublin (IABA hosted)
2007 European Schoolboy Championships (Gold) – Portsmouth

Domestic Honours
2015 Elite champion
2014 Elite champion
2011 Youth champion

(Top three middleweights in Doha will qualify for Rio 2016, the finalists and winner of box-off between losing semi-finalists).

Two-time European Elite champion Joe Ward after being presented with his gold medal

Joe Ward

Date Of Birth: 30/10/1993

Club: AIBA Pro Boxing (formerly boxed out of the Moate BC, Westmeath)

Weight: Light-heavyweight

Stance: Southpaw

(Qualified for Qatar through European Elite Championships 2015)

Intenational Honours
2015 European Elite Championships (Gold) – Samokov
2013 AIBA World Elite Championships (Bronze) – Almaty
2011 European Elite Championships (Gold) – Ankara
2010 AIBA World Youth Championships (Gold) – Baku
2009 AIBA World Junior Championships (Gold) – Yerevan
2008 European Junior Championships (Bronze) – Plovdiv
2007 European Schoolboy Championships (Silver)- Portsmouth

Domestic Honours
2014 Elite champion
2013 Elite champion
2012 Elite champion
2011 Elite champion

(Ward could not box in 2015 Irish Elite Championships because he is signed with AIBA Pro Boxing (APB). However, APB boxers can box at National level if that tournament is part of an Olympic qualification process. Ward is currently signed with AIBA Pro Boxing and has also boxed in the World Series of Boxing)

(The top two light-heavyweights in Doha (the finalists) will qualify for Rio 2016).

Ireland’s World Elite Men’s Championships Medallists

71kg: Tommy Corr (Bronze) 1982 – Munich
63kg: Michael Carruth (Bronze) 1989 – Moscow
51kg: Damaen Kelly (Bronze) 1993 – Tampere
81kg: Stephen Kirk (Bronze) 1997 – Budapest
67kg: James Moore (Bronze) 2001 – Belfast
54kg: John Joe Nevin (Bronze) 2009 – Milan
56kg: John Joe Nevin (Bronze) 2011 – Baku
75kg: Jason Quigley (Silver) 2013 – Almaty
81kg: Joe Ward (Bronze) 2013 – Almaty

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