Irish boxers to face England in Cork (May 26th)

Updated: May 23, 2012

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have named their squad for Saturday’s international with England at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

Any Ireland v England international ,whatever the sport, is always one that both sides want to win and  this is no exception since for both countries, it will be

an ideal opportunity to get in some last minute preparation before next month’s European Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The team for Saturday, from 46kg up, will represent Ireland at  the Championships .

Galway’s James Cleary will wear the Irish flyweight vest in Cork and at the European Junior Championships, while Cork’s Michael Olden will also line at flyweight against England.

Ireland beat Scotland 10-7 at the recent international clash at the Rochestown Park Hotel and will be looking to maintain their winning streak this weekend.

England are sending over a talented young squad of national champions to Leeside and Irish coach Billy McClean says they are anticipating a very competitive evening.

The Watergrasshill BC in Cork, which were the host club for the Scotland match, will also host  the visit of England.

Luke Thomas has been named Irish captain for Saturday’s clash.

Thomas claimed a bronze medal at the 2011 European Junior Championships in Hungary.

John Nevin and Martin Conroy also won bronze at the 2011 European Junior Championships.

Tickets for Saturday’s international are priced at €10 and will be available at the door. The doors open at 7pm.

The 2012 European Junior Championships glove off at the Festivalna Hall in Sofia on June 23.


Age Classification: Boxers who were born between January 1,

1996 – December 31, 1997 are eligible to participate (ages 15 – 16)

Weight Classification: Men Junior 13 Weight categories as follow:

44-46kg, 48 kg, 50 kg, 52 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg,

60 kg, 63 kg, 66 kg, 70 kg,75 kg, 80 kg, 80+



Three (3) rounds of two (2) minutes, one (1) minute rest between rounds.

The teams for Cork :-

Ireland v England Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork May 26th

39kg Brendan Irvine (St Pauls Antrim) v Liam Search (England)

42kg Willie Donoghue (St Michaels Athy) v Jake Spooner (England)

46kg Ryan Greene (Oakleaf) v Isaac Milburn (England)

46kg Josie McDonagh (St Marys Dublin) v Sonny Edwards (England)

48kg Jason McKay (Canal) v Muhammad Ali (England)

50kg Kalum McConville (Dealgan) v Benjamin Smith (England)

52kg James Cleary (Olympic) v Charlie Kenny (England)

52kg Michael Olden (Watergrasshill) v TBC

54kg John Joyce (St Michaels Athy) v Dalton Smith (England)

57kg Darren Pollock (St Agnes) v Sahir Iqbal (England)

60kg Wayne Kelly (Ballinacargy) v Hamza Hussain (England)

63kg Darryl Byrne (Grangecon) v Reuben Arrowsmith (England)

63kg Danny Keating (Watergrasshill) v Eunice Chaima (England)

66kg Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge) v Louis Claridge (England)

70kg Luke Thomas (Watergrasshill) v Patrick McCann (England)

70kg Barry Harkin (Cootehill) v Jack Stringer (England)

75kg Brian Wall (Cashen Vale) v Harrison Clarke (England)

80kg Michael Gallagher (Finn Valley) v Ryan Hatton (England)

80+kg Aaron Kelly (Mount Tallant) v Harry McDermott (England)

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