National Elite Senior Championships provisional entry list

The National Elite Championships begin this month in Dublin, and with places on the plane to Olympic qualifiers up for grabs, it promises to be one of the most exciting championships in recent memory.

With the closing date for entries tomorrow at 5pm, the IABA have released a list of all the boxers who have registered so far.

Boxing begins on November 13th for the women, and November 20th for the men, with the finals on December 11th

Ceire Smith is moving up from light flyweight to take on Michaela Walsh at 51kg, one of the three weight classes for female boxers in Rio. Katie Taylor at 60kg will have to repel the challenge of Kayeligh McCormack, and at 75kg it’s a shoot-out between Christina Desmond and Laoise Traynor.

For the men, as rumoured, light-fly champ Brendan Irvine moves up to 52kg to attempt to qualify for Rio where he will face the stiff challenge of Myles Casey and World Junior Champ Willie Donoghue.

At 60kg Sean McComb, who has not yet confirmed his entry, will do battle in a packed division that features David Oliver Joyce and underage stars Gary McKenna and Gary Cully.

Another hot division is 64kg where current champ Dean Walsh will defend his title and spot on the plane to the qualifiers against former European champ Ray Moylette and Wayne Kelly who moves down from welterweight.

69kg is currently populated by just Fergal Redmond although it is expected that Adam Nolan and Caoimhin Hynes will soon confirm their entry.

Middleweight Michael O’Reilly, who was unfairly denied a place in the Olympics last month, also has yet to register, and will have Commonwealth bronze medalist Connor Coyle and underage star John Joyce.

At 91kg, Darren O’Neill will again look to keep his heavyweight crown away from Ken Okungbowa.

While at super heavy, current champ Dean Gardiner is yet to register, leaving Thomas Carty and Damien Sullivan as the only current entries.

Provisional Entry List in full:

Women
48kg
Donna Barr

51kg
Ceire Smith
Michaela Walsh

54kg
Dervla Duffy
Amanda Loughlin
Elaine Harrison

57kg
Moira Elliot

60kg
Katie Taylor
Kayleigh McCormack

64kg
Cheyanne O’Neill
Shanice Just
Kelly Harrington

69kg
Clare Grace
Grainne Walsh

75kg
Laoise Traynor
Christina Desmond

81kg
No Entries

+81kg
Diana Campbell

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Men

49kg
Jason McKay
Stephen McKenna

52kg
Brendan Irvine
Myles Casey
Willie Donoghue
TJ Waite

56kg
Jason Kirwan

60kg
Hugh Joyce
David Oliver Joyce
Gary Cully
Gerard Matthews
Gary McKenna

64kg
Keith Flavin
Dean Walsh
Wayne Kelly
Ray Moylette

69kg
Fergal Redmond

75kg
John Joyce
Connor Coyle
Fearghus Quinn
Jordan Reynolds

81kg
Emmet Brennan
Matthew Tinker
Sean Allen
JP Delaney

91kg
Darren O’Neill
Ken Okungbowa
Ciaran Griffin
Christy Joyce

+91kg
Thomas Carty
Damien Sullivan

Joe O'Neill

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