As we reported last week the IABA has chosen a strong nine man squad for this weekend’s Algirdas Socikas Tournament in Kaunas, Lithuania (May 10/13th). Whilst the thoughts of most Irish boxing fans will be on what is happening in China,the event in Kaunas as also an important one in the international calendar.
Ten-time Irish Elite champion Ken Egan, a silver medal winner at the 2008 Olympics and a two-time European bronze medallist, will wear the Irish light-heavyweight vest in Kaunas.
Tyrone McCullagh, Eric Donovan and John Joe Joyce, who between them claimed three bronze medals at the 2008 and 2010 European Senior Championships, have also been named on the Irish squad.
Donegal’s Jason Quigley, a gold medal winner at the 2009 European Youth Championships, will line out at middleweight, while Steven Ward, who claimed silver for Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, is also
Former Irish Elite champion Philip Sutcliffe, Chris Phelan and Sean Turner have also been called up to the Irish panel.
Boxing begins on May 10th in Kaunas.
Algirdas Socikas Multi-Nations Kaunas, Lithuania May 10th/13th
52kg: Chris Phelan (Royston)
56kg: Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family)
60kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy)
64kg: Phil Sutcliffe (Crumlin)
69kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)
81kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown)
91kg: Stephen Ward (Monkstown)
91+kg: Sean Turner (Drimnagh)
Team manager: John Mackey (Clonmel)
Coaches: Pat Ryan (Portlaoise) and Conor Quigley (Finn Valley)
Physio: Scott Murphy
R&J: Martin Fennessy (Clonmel)