In the European Championships in Minsk, 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan and Sean McComb get Ireland’s campaign under way against Pavlo Ischenko of the Ukraine and Poland’s Tomasz Kot tomorrow in the lightweight and welterweight classes.
Five Irish boxers – Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin, Ray Moylette and Joe Ward, all of whom are ranked in the top five in Europe – have been seeded.
Boxing at the 40th edition of the European Championships begins at 8pm (6pm Irish time) this evening at the Palace of Sport venue.
Thirty-six nations (216 boxers) will compete at the Championships.
Irish squad 2013 European Championships
49kg – Light-flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
60kg – Lightweight – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity BC, Belfast)
64kg – Light-welterweight – Ray Moylette (St Anne’s BC, Mayo)
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Bray BC, Co, Wicklow)
75kg – Middleweight – Jason Quigley (Finn Valley BC, Donegal)
81kg – Light –heavyweight – Joe Ward (Moate BC, Co. Westmeath)
91kg – Heavyweight – Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast)
91kg+ - Super-heavyweight – Con Sheehan (Clonmel BC, Tipperary)