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Ireland will now have five boxers at the 2017 AIBA World Elite Championships in Hamburg, Germany in August with the good news that Clonmel’s Dean ‘Breakfast’ Gardiner has now been contacted to confirm he will be taking part since the GB champion Fraser Clarke has suffered an injury and is unable to take his allotted slot in the Super Heavyweight divcision.
O'Reilly was on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat to Egyptian Hosam Abdin last year which was shrouded in controversy. Some pointed to the fact Abdin was one of the very few middle-eastern fighters still eligible for Olympic qualification as a catalyst for political scoring. He left no room for doubt this time.
Overall a pretty good draw for Irish boxers this morning in Samsun where the European Olympic qualifiers (male and female) get under way later today. olympic
Boxing results - Joe Ward is through to the last-16 of the European Elite Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria, but Dean Gardiner is out of the tournament.