The 11-strong Ireland squad for the 9th AIBA World Junior Championships leave Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning for the Ukraine
Boxing at the tournament, which is expected to attract over 50 nations, begins at the Palace of Sports in Kiev on Saturday.
Bouts to be contested over three, two minute rounds.
The squad have been in training camp at the National Stadium in Dublin for the last number of weeks and Irish coach Billy McClean was in an upbeat mood about Ireland’s prospects.
“Our training and sparring has gone well and the squad are eagerly looking forward to getting the tournament underway in Kiev. It will be a tough test, but the squad have prepared well and are eager to get in the ring now,” he said.
Joe Ward, the 2011 European Elite champion, is the last Irish boxer to medal at this level, the Moate BC southpaw stopping Armenia’s Hayk Khachatryan in round three in 2009 to secure 70kg gold in Yerevan, Armenia.
John Stokes and Martin Conroy reached the bantamweight and middleweight quarter-finals at the 2011 AIBA World Junior Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Irish pair were edged out by Germany’s Dimitar Tilev and Russia’s Artem Melkonyan, who were both beaten in their semi-finals.
“We had two in the quarter-finals last time out and came very close. Our squad will be giving it absolutely everything to finish amongst the medals in Kiev, as our boys did in Almaty two years ago. As always, we’ll be looking for a bit of the rub of the green in the draw”, added McClean.
Invitation Letter_AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships 2013 – 12.07.2013
Irish squad 2013 AIBA World Junior Championships, Kiev, Ukraine September 5th/15th
46kg Luke O’Shea (Ballincollig)
48kg Willie O’Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
52kg Ryan Green (Oakleaf)
54kg Martin Collins (St Anne’s)
57kg James Cleary (Olympic)
60kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
63kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
66kg Lewis Crocker (Holy Trinity)
70kg Kevin Kehoe (Marble City)
75kg Sean Conroy (Ballyhaunis)
80kg+ Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
Team manager Jim Walsh
Coaches Billy McClean and Tom Hayes
Physio Eoin Naughton