The Minister for Sport Jack Chambers has said he is very disappointed at the decision by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association to reject proposed governance reforms.

IABA members overwhelmingly voted against the proposal at an emergency general meeting in Co Roscommon.

The meeting followed a warning from the Government that without reform, public funds will be cut.

Rejection of the vote means an immediate 15% cut in funding to the IABA and also means clubs will not be able to access certain grants.

IABA Chief Executive Fergal Carruth said he is now "concerned for the future of the IABA" following the vote.

132 delegates from Ireland's 338 affiliated boxing clubs registered to attend the meeting, representing just 39% of the overall number of clubs in the country.

101 of these clubs were present at the meeting, meaning 76 votes were needed for the motion to pass.

However, the reform motion was overwhelmingly rejected by members, with 80 votes against and just 25 votes supporting the motion.

Speaking this evening, Mr Chambers said this had been an opportunity for boxing to enter a new era, to embrace positive governance, and this was a "backwards step" today.

He said had been very clear that there would be a 15% cut to the IABA's core funding if they did not support the reforms.

Mr Chambers said that will now happen next week and it was up to the IABA board to set out how they propose to reform the organisation because "we cannot continue with the status quo".

The resignation of high-performance director Bernard Dunne in May of this year brought to a head months of controversy within Irish amateur boxing.

An independent review of the sport has since recommended major restructuring of the IABA board.

In a statement before the vote, Mr Carruth outlined the serious consequences at stake, saying that "the Irish boxing family faced a pivotal choice".

Numerous club spokespeople spoke out against the motion ahead of the vote by secret ballot.

Another motion, to replace the word "State" with "Island of Ireland" in Articles 5 and 73(e) of the Articles of Association of the Company Constitution be amended, did not pass with only 66% voting in favour.

A total of 68 votes were in favour of the motion with 35 voting against. The motion needed 75% to pass.

Board membership was also voted upon at the EGM.

Munster President Gerry O’Mahony replaced Dominic O’Rourke as National President, with a new Vice President, secretary and registrar also being voted in.