Thirteen Irish boxers will fight for Olympic berths at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament in London this weekend.

Ireland will be represented in every event at the tournament which runs from 14 to 24 March, with the first boxers from this country taking to the ring on Sunday.

This is the first of two opportunities for Irish boxers to gain qualification to the Games in Tokyo this summer.

There are 77 spots available in this tournament – 50 for men and 27 for women. Boxers who don't achieve qualification in London will have a second chance to qualify at the World Tournament in Paris in May 2020.

This is the third event of five in the Boxing Road to Tokyo – the first two Continental qualification events took place in Africa and Asia.

In late March, Buenos Aires will host the fourth event for the Americas and the final event in the qualification process will be the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament will take place in Paris, France from the 13 to 20 May.

George Bates, Emmett Brennan and Kiril Afanasev will be the first of the Irish in action.

Kellie Harrington, the 2018 World Elite lightweight champion, awaits either Aneta Rygielska (Poland) or Paula Cosmo (Romania) in the last 16 on St Patrick's Day.


Sunday 15 March 

Last 32

63kg George Bates (Ireland) v Leon Dominguez (Spain)

81kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) v Radenko Tomic (Bosnia)

91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Begadze Nikoloz (Georgia)

Monday 16 March

Last 32

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Pavel Kamanin (Estonia)

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Pas der Van (Netherlands)

Last 16

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Istavan Szaka (Hungary)

51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) v Charley Davison (Team Great Britain)

57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Hamsat Shadolov (Germany) or Anton Charnamaz (Belarus)

Tuesday 17 March 

Last 16

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Melissa Morensen (Denmark) or Mona Mestian France)

60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland) or Paula Cosmo (Romania)

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Angela Carina (Italy)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Viktoriya Kebikava (Belarus)

Wednesday 18 March 

Last 16

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Petar Belberov (Bulgaria)